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" One generation passeth away, and another cometh." 



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copyuioht, 1888, 
By Ariel Ballou and Latimek W. Ballou. 

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Press of E. L. Freeman & Son, State Printers, 


In January, 1882, at tlie earnest solicitation of our beloved brother Dr. 
Ariel Ballon, since deceased, and our liiglily esteemed cousin, Hon. Latimer 
W. Ballon, I reluctantly engaged to compile and edit this work. It had 
been commenced long before by Ira B. Peck, Esq., and much preliminary 
labor and expense bestowed on it. The new proprietors negotiated for his 
interest therein and documentary data, obligating themselves on his require- 
ment to include, so far as practicable, the female branches of descent along 
with the male lineages. I was instructed to govern myself accordingly, and 
pursuant to contract Mr. Peck handed over to me all his letters, papers, 
memoranda and beginnings. I soon found I had undertaken a laborious, 
complicated and tedious task. But through divine favor I have been spared 
to accomplish it, with the aid of numerous helpers, including my devoted 
wife, all of whom are entitled to my appreciative gratitude. So here at last 
is this huge production, a book much larger than any of us anticipated, con- 
taining more than 1200 octavo pages, over 9000 names, and numerous artistic 
illustrations, printed and bound in most creditable style. We trust the me- 
chanics will receive their dues of honor as well as of cash. For myself I 
shall be contented with whatever awards may come. Plenty of errors and 
short comings will be discovered to plead for charitable allowance. But I 
have done my best to give satisfaction to all parties interested, and leave my 
performance to their judgment. Notwithstanding its huge size hundreds of 
Ballous remain unregistered in it, unknown or never reported to me. None 
of them have been intentionally ignored or slighted on my part. My chief 
regret is that my dear brother, the senior publisher, was called hence before 
the completion of his darling undertaking. But so it was ordered from 
above, and I reverently acquiesce. He departed this life July 15, 1887, in his 
82d year, and received due funeral honors. Since then our venerable cousin, 
Elizabeth (Ballon) Garfield has been summoned to the immortal home, Jan. 
21, 1888, in her 87th year, and several others of our kindred who hoped to 
behold this long promised volume. An octogenarian remnant of our great 
cousinhood linger a little longer on the shore of mortality to fulfill their 
earthly mission. Of these I am one; and now, on the verge of my 85th year, 
send my best benedictions along with this Family Memorial to all who may 
welcome it, hoping that it will impart good cheer to many and harm to none. 

HoPEDAiiE, Mass., April — , 1888. 




Tlie Work, hereby introduced, is a History and Genealogy of the Ballous 
in America. The vast majority of these descended from Matnrin Ballon, a 
co-proprietor with Eoger Williams, the Colonial founder of Ehode Island, 
in his Providence Plantations. Matnrin' appears • first on record among 
those co-proprietors in 1646. He subscribed his name Mathurin Bellotv. 
His descendants resolved it into Matnrin Ballou. The ignorance or caprice 
of scribes sometimes wrote both the given and surname in various uncouth 
ways. His progeny have generally felt more or less curiosity to learn his 
nativity and pedigree, but have not yet reached complete gratification. 
Some approximation has been made, but the clouds have not been entirely 
dispersed. It has been a universal tradition through several generations, 
that we are of French descent. Of this there seems to be no doubt. Another 
tradition has always been cherished along with this, and held very sacred, 
that our ancestors were Huguenots. We are in danger of having this favorite 
legend exploded. Critical investigation finds no proof of its truth. The 
evidence is against it. We shall have to abandon it, however reluctantly. 
The very strong probability, if not absolute certainty, is, that we are the 
remote descendants of a Norman Chieftain, who, in 1066, came over from 
F nee into England with William the Conqueror. In the year 1884 the 
proprietors of this History and Genealogy commissioned Frederick M. Bal- 
lou, Esq., to visit Europe, and if possible ascertain the ancestry of Matnrin 
Ballou, and whatever else of importance marked his embarkment for this 
country. The execution of that commission was reported toward the close 
of the year substantially as follows. — 

1. That he had made an exhaustive examination of the principal matters 
commiti mI to his charge, and especially the origin of Matnrin Ballou — in 
which he had been assisted by the best genealogical talent that could be pro- 
cured; that he had availed himself of exceptionally favorable opportunities 
and privileges; that he had corresponded with intelligent Protestant clergy- 
men in the southern districts of France; that he had carefully acquainted 
himself with all the relevant documents in the Reading Room of the British 


Museum, in the National Lilirary of Paris, and in English Parish archives; 
and that he had been pi'evented only by limitation of time and means from 
reaching demonstratively the pedigree of our Rhode Island progenitor. We 
can but deplore those limitations. 

2. That he had satisfied himself, beyond reasonable doubt, that Maturin 
Ballon was not one of the Huguenots, nor in any way intimately connected 
with them, but was of Norman French descent in one of the junior lineages 
of the Anglo Norman stock. 

3. That in tracing the history of the Anglo Norman Ballous, he had found 
that their French ancestor, Guinebond Balou, was probably a Marshal in the 
army of William the Conqueror, and fought in the decisive battle of Hast- 
ings, 1066; that some of his descendants dwelt in the English County of 
Sussex till late in the 14th century, where they were extensive landholders, 
and held important Governmental offices, both in State and Church ; that in 
later successive periods many of them settled in other counties of England 
and in Ireland, and held large Baronial estates there ; that in England and 
Ireland the aristocratic Bellowes have preserved an unbroken descent of do- 
mains and titles for at least 600 years; that in the English County of Devon- 
shire, they have long enjoyed distinguished heritages and honors; that the 
ancient Norman Coat of Arms, with slight variation, is universal with Bel- 
lews of all localities in England; and that their surname there, as here, has 
been orthographically various, to the extent of over a dozen spellings — Belou 
Balloive, Belloue, &c., &c., but at present is most prevalently written Bellew, 

4. That a striking resemblance of physical structure and complexion is 
plainly observable in the Devonshire Bellews to the stalwartness and fioridity 
of the old type Ehode Island Ballous, strongly indicative of hereditary kin- 

5. That our immigrant ancestor, Maturin Ballon', was almost certainly , 
"the j'ounger son of a younger son of a good family in Devonshire," Eng- 
land, born probably between 1610 and '20, who like all the unendowed off- 
shoots of feudal nobility, had to seek his fortune for himself, and chose emi- 
gration to America. 

At length our anxious cousin felt obliged to discontinue his researches and 
return home, leaving undemonstrated the pedigree he had so nearly ascer- 
tained, as also the very desirable particulars of Maturin Ballou's embark- 
ment for this continent. He concludes his report with the following words. — 
"I can only express the hope that some younger and more ambitious mem- 
ber of the family will continue the investigation, and give to the world the 
full pedigi'ee of the Bellews, tracing them from their landing in England, in 
1066, down through the several Counties in England and Ireland to the emi- 
gration of Mathurin Bellew from Devonshire to New England." 



1. Oui- researcher stored himself with historical corroborations, amplifica- 
tions, illustrations, and genealogical tabulations, not necessary or expedient 
to present in this Introduction, but which will all be preserved for future 
reference and use. 

2. On many important points his statements and conclusions coincide en- 
tirely with information long since obtained by Ira B. Peck, Esq., our pioneer 
in this work, through correspondence with eminent English genealogists. 

3. F. M. Ballon, Esq., obtained no reliable clews or hints concerning the 
embarkation of Matnrin' for America— the date, the port of departure, the 
ship in which he sailed, or any of the conditions under which he took pas- 
sage. We know that stringent restrictions on emigration existed in those 
Jays— that many were obliged to enter themselves as servants to influential 
masters, though really acting on their own account— and that large numbers 
had to ship nominally for the "West Indies who secretly intended to settle in 
the northern Continental Colonies. These facts complicate and embarrass 
inquiry into cases not otherwise clear. But whatever the difficulties in Ma- 
turin Ballou's case, all the particulars yet remain to be ascertained. And the 
same clouds obscure the time and iilaee of his arrival in New England. 

4. In respect to his religious faith, antecedents and associations in Eng- 
land, we may confidently assume that he was a radical Non-Conformist of 
some kind— most likely an Independent; otherwise he would never have 
joined Eoger Williams in the Providence Plantations. Doubtless the Aristo- 
cratic Bellews have always belonged to the Roman Catholic or to the Protes- 
ant Episcopal Church. But hosts of their junior relatives became Dissenters 
in the various denominations. 

5. How the old and wide-spread tradition originated among our American 
Ballous North and South, that their immigrant ancestors were French Hu- 
guenots, we know not, and can only conjecture. Possibly it may have started 
with some early statement of those ancestors, that they held essentially the 
cardinal principles of the Hiiguenots and sympathized with them. But the 
notion that they fled from persecution in France, on the revocation of the 
Edict of Nantes, which has been sometimes affirmed, is refuted by simple 
dates. For that Edict was revoked Oct, 22, 1685, nearly 40 years after the 
earliest Ballous had emigrated to America. 

6. It seems proper to state that our American records furnish authentic 
information of only three Ballous who were contemporary immigrants to 
this country, viz. : Maturin, Eobert and William. Of Maturin we need not 
here further speak. Robert was a settler and landholder in Portsmouth on 
the Island of Rhode Island, in 1643, but died in Boston, Mass., during the 
year 1668. In his Will, which was duly probated, he mentions his wife Su- 


sannah, tAvo daughters, a son, a son-in-law, George Gardner, and grand chn., 

yet gives neither of his children's names, but speaks of two coixsins to "be 

cared for " — William and Henry. These have thus far proved untraceable. 

The other contemporary, William, was a property owner in Boston, Mass., 

and also in Dover, N. H.-, during the years 1644, '45, and is presumed to be 

the same person later called Maj. William and Col. William Ballou, once an 

officer in the British Army. He had a long controversial struggle with his 

Government to obtain arrearage payment for military services, and at last 

had to accept a minor portion of his claims. He came over and invested his 

savings in Virginia lands, during the years 1651, '52. Here records cease to 

testify, and no more has been ascertained concerning this William Ballou. 

It is i)robable though not yet demonstrably certain, that Maturin, Robert 

and William Ballou were near relatives. For a time we fondly hoped to find 

traces of Robert's and Col. William's descent, but entirely failed. Future 

research may discover it. So we leave the matter to abler explorers. 

Without further prologue, this expansive History and Genealogy of the 

American Ballous is respectfully commended to the perusal of all interested 

in its contents. 

The Author. 


Dr. Ariel Ballon Facing Title Page. 

Eev. Adin Ballon Facing Introdnction 

Coat of Arms After Introduction. 

Eoger Williams' Receipt (fac simile) To face page 4 

Rev. Hosea Ballon Page 131 

Rev. Moses Ballon " 306 

Rev. Massena B Ballon " 326 

Eliza Ballon Garfield " 431 

Leonard Ballon " 486 

IraB. Peck " 494 

Dexter Ballon " 498 

Geo. C. Ballon " 501 

Rev. Hosea Ballon, 2d " 755 

Rev Levi Ballon " T65 

Russell A. Ballon " 803 

JolinD. Coplin " 942 

Dr. NahnmE. Ballon " 975 

Latimer W. Ballon " 1125 

Daniel R. Ballon " 1152 

Fred. M. Ballon " 1160 

BuiiiDiNGs— Wood Cuts. 

Maturin Ballon House, Stump Hill Page 63 

Ballon Meeting House, Cumberland ... 

Natlianiel Ballon House 

James Balloii, 3d, House 


James Ballon, 2d, House, near Albion. 
Dea. Ariel Ballon House, Cumberland. 







This miscellaneous Index treats only of persons, topics and matters, prom- 
inently interesting to readers, and which they may desire to find more read- 
ily than by the Index to Names, or casual search. It refers only to pages. 



One by the early settlers of Providence, R. I., twenty-eight or 

more, including Maturin Ballon 2 

One between the widow and children of Maturin', as heirs to his 

estate and that of Eobert Pike 5-8 

One between Hannah Ballon, Sen., Hannah, Jr., and James'-', con- 
cerning certain house-lots 8-9 

One between William and Maturin Ballon^, sons of Maturiu'', for 
the amicable division of their patrimony, impracticably pre- 

sci'ibed by their father in his Will 61-62 


Concerning the order of specification in elaborating this work, 

with respect to lineages and successive generations 17, 31 


Professed and practiced by James Ballon''; how he told fortunes, 
found lost valuables, raised the Devil, correctly predicted his 
own death, &c 183-186 

Also practiced by his niece, Miss Nancy Whipple'' 417 

Ballous op distinction, 

Maturin', his now presumed ancestry, pedigree, and probable birth- 

lilace. Introduction. 
His remote ancestor believed to be Guinebond Balou, a French 

Norman Marshal in the army of William the Conciueror, 1066. 

The three earliest contemporary Ballous, who immigrated to this 

countrj' not far from 1640, viz. — Maturin, Robert and William. 

The surname spelled in manifold ways both in Europe and America, 

and how now generally written. Introduction and 8 

Ballous of unascertained definite lineage, viz., Jared of Richmond, 

N. H., probably a descendant of James-, and also John Henry, 

Esq., of Jacksonville, Fla 1218, 1219 



Legislatively cliaug-ecl to Ballon about 1840 • 1330 

BuKiAii Places of note, 

Providence, R. I., where Maturin and his drowned son Samuel 

were interred 16 

Smithfield, now Lincoln, B. I., on the original homestead of James'^, 

where his mother, sister Hannah, wife Susannah, himself, and 

several descendants were buried 17, &c. 

The Mann Family Cemetery in Lincoln, R. I., old Louisquisset 

neighborhood, where Peter Ballon- buried Peter Jr. , drowned, 37 
In Cumberland, R. I., near the ancient Meetinghouse where the 

dust of many Ballous reposes 41, 47 

In Richmond, N. H., where the remains of Rev. Maturin Ballon^ 

and his two wives humbly rest 69 

The Cass Grave Yard in Richmond, where James Ballon^, family, 

and descendants are commemorated 81 


The Six Principle Baptist in Cumberland, R. I. — when and by 

whom f(n-med , 40, 41, 76 


Unpleasant one between John Ballon^ Plaintiff, vs. his uncle 
James-, Defendant, about property inherited from Hannah 

Ballon', widow of Maturin 11-13, &c. 


Associated intimatel}^ with Ballous religiously and matrimonially — 

Elders Josiah and Nathaniel Cook, &c 41, 76—77 

Intermarriages run plentifully throughout the volume. 
Cumberland, R. I. 

Its original components, how it became a Town and whence its 

name 33 

Death-dates, memorable, 

Maturin Ballou' d. 1661-3 '. 4 

Hannah Ballon, widow of Maturin', d. 1714-15 13, 15, 17 

John Ballon'-, eldest son of Maturin', d. 1714 31 

James Ballon-, second son of Maturin ' , d 1 741 35 

Peter Ballon'-, son of Maturin', d. 1731 30 

James A. Garfield, a Ballou on the maternal side, and President of 

the United States, d. Sept. 19, 1881; iinaccountably omitted 

from his family record 953 

Ariel Ballou, M. D., Senior Publishing Proprietor of this Work, d. 

July 15, 1887. Preface 371 

Elizabeth, alias Eliza (Ballou) Garfield, mother of tlie lamented 

martyred President, d. in Mentor, O., Jan. 31, 1888, a. 86 years 

and 4 months. Preface. 

Used in Judicial proceedings — old documents. By Deputy Gov. 

Joseph Jenks, used in the trial John Ballon^ vs. James Ballou'^ 13-14 
By William Harris and Richard Bi'owne — same case 15-16 



Division of Towns, 

Providence, R. I.; setting off its "Out Lands," Smitlifield, Gloces- 

ter and Scituate, 1730 9 

Glocester, R. I. ; setting oft" Burrillville, 1806 9 

Smitbfield, R. I. ; setting oft' Isorth Smitlifield, Woonsocket and 

Lincoln, 1871 9 

Divorce case, 

John Ballou- from liis 1st wife, Hannali Larkin, (lier name not 

known in season) May 2, 167(5 18 

Edict of Nantes, 

Revoked Oct. 22, 1685, nearly 40 years after onr first three immi- 
grant Ballous came to New England. Introduction. 


A title used by early Baptists in preference to Rev 41, 76, 90, &c. 


Of Ballous from R. L to Richmond, N. H 67, 80, 100, 244 

Fac similes, 

Ballou Coat of Arms — Norman. Frontispiece. 

The Roger Williams Receipt to Widow Belleau. Opposite 4 

Signature of Uriah Jillson, Esq 71 

of Ariel Ballou^ 74 

" Elders Josiah and Nathaniel Cook 77 

" James Ballou^ Richmond, N. H 81 

" Elder Abner Ballou 94 

" Levi Ballou, Es(i 218 

Generations, between what pages to be found. — • 

The First and Second 3-17 

Second and Third 18-31 

Third and Fourth 31-56 

Fourth and Fifth 50-114 

Fifth and Sixth 114-269 

Sixth and Seventh 269-681 

Seventh, Eighth and later 681-1217 

Virginia Line, First to Sixth 1220-1231 


The "Attleborough Gore," now part of Cumberland, R. 1 23 

HHiiiS prominently noticed. 

Iron Rock Hill, Cumberland, R. 1 23, 41, 45 

Beacon Pole Hill 43, 45, 210 

Cumberland Hill 75, 228, 165, 569, &c. 

Diamond Hill 164, 166, 1028, &c. 

Stump Hill, Smitlifield, now Lincoln, R. I.. 32, 63 

Ballou's Hill, Richmond, N. H 80 

History and GENEAiiOGv of the Ballous, 

Commenced by Ira Ballou Peck, in 1846 496 

Completed by Rev. Adin Ballou in March, 1888. Preface. 

History op Richmond, N. H. 

Bassett's credited and commended 937 



Homesteads and dwelling places of the older Ballons, 

Of Eobert Ballon, in Portsmontli, R. I. Introduction. 

Of Maturin' , near Eobert Pike, Providence, R. 1 8 

Of John-' and James-, in Louisqnisset, now Lincoln, R. 1 20-32 

Of Peter'-', first in Louisqnisset, last in Seituate, R. 1 20, 28 

Of James', Nathanier^ and Obadiah' in then Wrentham, Mass., 

now Cumberland, R. I 40-46 

Of Samuel'' on the premises of his father James- 49 

Of Nehemialr in then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. 1 53 

Of Rev. Maturin^, James^* and sons, Richmond, N. H 67, 80 


No proof that the immigrant progenitors of our American Ballous 

were Hugnieuots. Introduction. 
How that tradition may possibly have originated. lb. 

Illustrations, PHOTOGKAPftic, 

Of the Maturin Ballou House, Stump Hill, Lincoln, E. 1 63 

Of the Ballou Meeting House, Cumlierland, R. 1 79 

Of the Nathaniel Ballou House, Cumberland, R. 1 85 

Of the James Ballou House, Cuml:)erland, R. 1 91 

Of the James Ballou House, near Albion Village, R. I 105 

Of the Dea. Ariel Ballou House, Cumberland, R. 1 157 


Coroner's Jury on the drowning of Samuel, youngest son of Matu- 
rin', 1671 4 

Jaked Ballou's 

Unascertained pedigree 1218 

John Henry Ballou's ditto 1219 

King Philip's 

Warriors devastate a part of Providence, R.I 1 

Land, laid out, surveyed, acquired, deeded, Arc. — 

Laid out to Maturin Ballou and Robert Pike 3, 4, 5-8 

Deeded from Hannah Ballou, Sen., and Hannah Ballou, Jr., to 

James Ballou'-' 10-11 

Surveyed for John Ballon'- in " Loquasquisick Woods," by Thomas 

Olney, Arthur Feniier, William Hopkins, Arc 20-21 

Large acquisitions by James Ballou'^ in Wrentham, Mass., etc 23-24 

Gift-deeds from James'- to his sons 24 

Peter Ballou'-' deeded his homestead to Daniel Mann 27 

Peter^ purchased a new homestead of Joseph Dalie 28 

Gift-deed from James Ballon'* of Meeting House site 41 

Gift-deeds from James" to sons ArieP, Elisha^ and James^ 42 

Deed of Obadiah' of Ballou Cemetery 46, 47 

Other various disposals of land too numerous to mention. 

From Mrs. Justiha (Pike) Patten, of Dorchester, Mass., a sister of 

Robert Pike, to her niece, the widow of Maturin Ballon', and 

to her children, 1675, £20 3 




Old ami peculiar. Two from Natlianiel Ballon- 5 

Two from John Ballon- to liis brother James'- 19 

A pathetic one from Maj. Snllivan Ballon to his wife, jnst before 

he was killed at the battle of Bnll Enn 1058-9 


Modernized into Lonisqnisset, the locality where John, James and 

Peter Ballon first settled, in now Lincoln, K. 1 9, 20, 22 

Meeting House 

Of the Six Principle Baptists, now known as the Ballon Meeting 

House, in Cumberland, R. I.; its history, &c 40, 41, 76 


Of the widow Dorcas Cook, births, marriages, deaths, &c., kept 

mostly in Almanacs, still extant and valuable 165 


Of Adin Augustus Ballon commended 876 


A little Mill stream in Providence, E. I., near which Robert Pike 
and Maturin Ballon' built their dwellings, and in which young 
Samuel Ballon-^ was drowned 3, 4 


Of Ballous somewhat noted, viz. : Lonisqnisset in now Lincoln, R. 
I., Cumberland, R. I., in the vicinity of Ballon Meeting House, 
and in Richmond, N. H 22, 40, 80 


Of Providence, R. L, so called 9 


Songs, hymns, <tc., of Silas Ballon" 172-180 

Providence, R L, 

Founded by Roger Williams and five associates, 1636 1 

Partly burnt by the Indians Mar. 30, 1676 1 

Damage done to its Records on that occasion 1 

Its early Records now extant, their condition, titles, and places of 

safe keeping 2 


The one given by Roger Williams and John Tenner to the widow 

of Maturin Ballon' 4 

Copy of one which James Ballon'- required of his several children 

on final endowment and settlement of his estate 25 

Researches, Genealogical, &c., for this work. 

By Ira B. Peck, Esci., our pioneer 496 

By Fred. M. Ballon, Esq. Introduction 1162 


For pulpit and pastoral services conscientiously eschewed by early 

Baptist ministers, especially of the Six Principle Order 68, 77, 91 




As a part of divine woi'sliip, as also lay exhortation in social relig- 
ious meetings, forbidden and denounced hy the Six Principle 

Baptists; occasioning a schism in Cumberland, R. 1 80 

Six Peinciples, 

What they were. (See Epistle to the Hebrews, VI. 1-2.) 41-42 

Spieitxjal Wifery, 

Urged on James Bailout but disdained and denounced 80 

Seven Mile Line, 

A famous laud boundary, established in the Providence Planta- 
tions, 1660 6 

Titles of honor conferred, 

D. D. on Rev. Hosea Ballou, 2d, by Harvard University in 1845.... 757 

D. D. on Rev. Eli Ballou, by a college in Ky., 1860 997 

LL. D. on Hon. Latimer W. Ballou, ex-member of Congress, by 

Tufts College, 1887 1128 

D. D. on Rev. John O. Fiske, by Bowdoin College, 1868 1160 

Universalism, as held and taught by Rev. Hosea Ballou 140 

Virginia Line of Balloits 1220-1231 

Wills op several of the t)lder Ballous, 

Of Peter Ballou- and wife Barbary 28-30 

Of Maturin Ballou-^ Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. 1 33-35 

Of Peter \ grandfather of Rev. Hosea Ballou 36-38 

Of James'", Cumberland, R. 1 42 

Of Obadialr^ Cumberland, R. 1 48 

Of Samuel', Smithfield, R. 1 49-50 

Of Nehemialr, Glocester, R. 1 53-54 

Of Maturin^, Stump Hill, now Lincoln, R. 1 64 

Of ArieP, Cumberland, R. 1 73 

Of Rev. AbnerS Cumberland, R. 1 92-94 


Having- presented, in tlie foregoing- Introduction, all the infor- 
mation aiitlieutic, traditional and conjectural at our command, 
concerning Maturin Ballou, previous to 1645, we next find him a 
co-proprietor of the Providence Plantations in the Colony of 
Rhode Island. Thenceforth our dependence had to be on the 
Records of that Colony and its constituent subdivisions for most 
of the data whence to deduce the history of our patriarch, his 
family, and early descendants. Possibly these records would 
have afforded us some very desirable facts now much needed, 
had not ' a considerable poi-tion of them been lost by the sad 
casualties of king Philip's war. His Indian forces attacked the 
settlement at Providence, Mar. 30, 1676, and burnt about thirty 
houses. One of these belong-ed to John Smith, the then Town 
Clerk, and stood adjacent to the mill pond. The Town Records 
were snatched from the flames and thrown into the pond to save 
them. They were rescued from the water, and carried for safety 
to Newport. They w^ere brought back in 1677, examined by a 
special committee, and re^jprted to have lost sixty-five leaves from 
Book I., and twenty from Book II., besides other correlative 
documents. It is highly probable that those destroyed eighty- 
five leaves and papers contained important memoranda concern- 
ing the first settlers, their antecedents, family connections, &c. 
How this may have been we know not, and must be thankfully 
content with what Avas left. 

We are certified that the great apostle of civil and religious 
liberty, Roger AVilliams, with five congenial associates, founded 
the since floiirishiug city of Providence, in 1636. They were 
soon joined by considerable numbers of kindred adventurers, and 
gradually opened the Providence Plantations, after honorable 
acqiiisition of territory from the Indians. With Williams at 
their head, they presently established a strictly democratic civil 
compact, which left every individual perfectly free in matters of 
religion, and made the majority of voting citizens supreme in civil 
afiairs, excepting of course the sovereignty of England. Williams 
went to the mother country in 1643 and obtained a royal charter 


for his Colony, according' to which it was g^overned until super- 
seded in after years by one of more comprehensive scope. 

The earliest recorded document of the Colony which mentions 
Maturin Ballon is an Agreement, bearing- the names of twenty- 
eight persons as subscribers. This Agreement is dated " The 19 
of 11 mo, 1645," which, as the months were then numl^ered, must, 
we suppose, be understood as January, 19, 1646, Old Style. The 
following is a copy : — 

"We whose names are hereunto subscril)ed, having olitained a 
free grant of Twenty-five acres of land apiece, with the right of 
commouing according to the said proportion of land, from the fcAv 
inhabitants of this town of Providence, do thankfully accept of 
the same, and do hereby promise to yield active and passive 
obedience to the authority of the King and Parhament [The 
State of England], as established in this Colony according to 
(Hir Charter, and to all such wholesome laws and orders that 
are or shall be made by the major conseni. of the Town of Prov- 
idence, as also not to claim any right to the purchase of the said 
plantations, nor any privilege of vote in town affairs until we shall 
be received as freemen of the said town of Providence," From 
a small old Record Book with brass clasps on loose leaves in the 
City Clerk's Office, Providence, R. I. See also in said office a 
Book entitled " Deeds Transcribed," 13. 87^\ 

Among the twenty-eight signatures stands the name of Ma- 
tliurin Bellou, and immediately preceding it that of Robert Pyke. 
The original document and signatures are not extant, but the 
orthography of the names may be presumed to have been fol- 
lowed by the recorder. Maturin Ballon and Robert Pike appear 
to have joined the Colony at the same time, and afterwards were 
intimately connected till death. It will be seen, from the terms of 
the Agreement, that they could not enter into possession of their 
lands, and privileges of citizenship, till received as freemen of the 
Town. It is understood that they were very soon received as 
such. Be this as it may have been, the Colonial Records, Vol. 
I., p. 387, say: "At a Meeting at Warwick, May 18th, 1658, 
Robert Pyke and Maturin Ballue were admitted freemen." We 
may infer that they had, before this, been made in some sort free- 

*It seern8 proper at this outset of our refei'ences to ancient Records, to say, for the information 
of researchers, that the Town Records of Providence, now extant, are all to be found in the Oity 
Clerk's Office; and that the Proprietors' Records are now in the care of the sons of the Hon. Judge 
Staples, Providence. Their father, the Judge, was long Proprietors' Clerk. 


men of Providence, and that this act of the Colonial Assembly 
enlarged their franchise, or at least confirmed it as Colonial citi- 

Their special intiniacj^ became cemented by marriage, as will 
be seen below, and their lands were probably laid out in close 
adjacency, especially their home-lots. These appear to have been 
located on or near the little Moshassuck river, not far from the 
mill of John Smith, which was burned, as above mentioned, by 
Philip's Indians in 1676. It is supposed to have stood near the 
site of the present dam. This was in the northerly section of the 
town as originally settled. In that neighborhood Robert Pike 
and Maturin Ballou had their homesteads. Various parcels of 
out-lands are recorded to have been subsequently assigned to 
them in the near or more distant vicinity, as will hereinafter 
appear. Nothing has come down to us historically respecting 
their character and standing. They attained to no official dig- 
nity in the Colony, but may be confidently presumed to have 
been worthy persons m all their civil, social and domestic rela- 
tions. We learn from the records that Pike had a wife Catherine, 
a daughter Hannah, a brother Conant and a sister Justina. No 
others are mentioned. What became of Conant Pike is not indi- 
cated. The sister, Justina, was married to Nathaniel Patten of 
Dorchester, Mass., where both lived and died. She survived, and 
died his widow in 1675, leaving a legacy of goods and money to 
her Providence relatives of some £20. Her brother Robert had 
deceased, but Mrs. Catherine, her daughter Hannah, and several 
of her children, the Ballous, inherited the bequest. We may now 
proceed to tabulate the family record of Maturin Ballou. In 
doing so we can give only proximate dates, but have carefully 
fixed these in view of all the circumstantial known facts. 

First and Second Generations. 

1. Maturin Ballou' m. Hannah Pike, dr. of Robert and Cath- 
erine Pike, prob. in Providence, R. I., between 1646 and 1649. 

Issue, — 

2 — 1. Jolni, b. prob. Providence, 1650; m. Hannah Garrett. 

3 — 2. James, b. prob. Pi'ovidence, 1652; m. Susanna Wliitman, 1683. 

4 — 3. Peter, b. prob. Providence, 1654; m. Barbary . 

5 — 4. Hannah, b. prob. Providence, 1656; d. u. m. in advanced maiden- 

6 — 5. Nathaniel, b. prob. Providence, 1658; d. in early manhood. 

7 — 6. Samuel, b. prob. Providence, 1660; drowned June 10, 1669. 


That the above birth-dates, though somewhat conjectural, can- 
not be far from the actual ones, is certain ; because we have 
authentic data to warrant our conclusion. 1. Maturin Ballon with 
Robert Pike and family located in Providence as early at least as 
January, 1646. 2. Maturin died somewhere between Feb. 24, 
1661, and Jan. 31, 1663, and of course all his children were born 
previous to the latter date. 3. John, his eldest son, was admitted 
a freeman at Newport May 1, 1671, prob. soon after he was twenty- 
one years of ag-e. 4. Samuel Ballou, Maturin's youngest son, was 
drowned while yet a lad, June 10, 1669 — as is proven by the fol- 
lowing verdict of Inquest by a jury : — " We find, according- to the 
evidence given in, that the lad, the %\ddow Belloo her son, named 
Samuel Belloo, going into the river which runneth to the mill in 
Providence to wash himself, was by a providence of God drowned." 
See particulars in a book entitled "Deeds Transcribed" p. 455, 
City Clerk's office, Providence. The critical reader can calculate 
for himself and understand the probable proximate correctness of 
our given birth-dates ; which it was deemed proper to place two 
years apai-t. The small river in which the lad Samuel was drowned 
bore the name Moshassuck. John Ballou's admission as a free- 
man may be found in Colonial Records B. II. under date of May 
1, 1671. The death of Maturin Ballou is proximately determined 
by the following data. 1. He had land laid out to him as late as 
Feb. 24, 1661 ; 2, a Receipt from Roger Williams, &c., to his 
widow, viz. — " Providence 31, 11, '63, (so called) [i. e. Jan. 31, 

Red. of y" Widow Belleau for her i:)ayment toward Mishoasak 
& y" rest of y" inland inlargments fiftie shillings at six P pr, peuy. 
We say reed at y^ appoiutmt of y" town by us. 

Roger Williams, 
John Fenner." 

We find no particulars concerning the death of Maturin', but 
presume it must have taken place while yet he was in the prime 
of middle age, to the great afiliction of his wife, children, rela- 
tives and friends. Next the family mourned the loss of Samuel, 
in 1669, by drowning, and next, in youthful manhood, that of 
Nathaniel, probably not far from 1677 or 78. No record of the 
precise date has been found, and the only mementoes he left of 
his existence are two dateless letters — one to a brother, and one 
to his mother. These are thought too precious to omit. They 
are as follows : — 






" Dear and loving- brother, — 

My love to tliee, and all the rest, and to all that ask after 
me. Let this gfive thee to understand that I have received thy 
lines, and am glad to [know) that thou dost harken to my council, 
to think of thy latter end. Indeed, that will do the only g-ood 
that thou canst seek after : and it is my heart's desire that thou 
mayest so do, and not put that day of salvation far from thee. 
I shall write no more at present, but rest thy loving" brother. 

Nathaniel Ballou." 

" Dear and loving- mother, — 

My duty is remembered to you, with my love and respects 
to my g-randmother. Remember my love to my brother John, and 
to my brother James, and to my brother Peter, and to my sister — 
wishing- all their welfare in this life, and if it may be in that Avhich 
is to come also. Mother, being- very weak, I have wrote a few 
lines to you, desiring you to consider this one thing, that there 
is no fleeing from the gi-ave. For it is that which I do look for, 
to put ofi^ this earthly tabernacle. And when you shall hear this 
news, I pray thee, let not this trouble you : for I know this, that 
I shall have my part in the first resurrection, and shall live forever. 
So I bid you all farewell, and rest your dutiful son. 

Nathaniel Ballou. 

Brother James, I pray thee not to forget me." 

Where Nathaniel was when he Avrote these letters, what were 
his pursuits, and why he was away from the parental home, no 
hint is left on record, and conjecture is useless. It would seem, 
from his mentioning his grandmother and not his grandfather, 
that the latter, Robert Pike, had gone the way of all the earth, 
probably sometime between 1673 and 1678. His two letters show 
that he was a deeply religious young man, as well as very aflec- 
tiouate towards his family relatives ; and the last one indicates 
that his death was at hand. Happily he was ready to depart, 
and his soul anticipated with undoubting confidence a joyful 
entrance into immortal blessedness. We regret that no more can 
be told of him. 

After the four surviving children came of age, the estates of 
their father and grandfather were legally divided between them 
and their mother. The following is the recorded document spec- 
ifying that division : — 

" Whereas it hath pleased God by death to remove Matureene 
Belloo & Robert Pike, formerly of y" town of Providence in y" col- 


lony of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations in New England, 
and each of them leaving some estate behind them in housing-, 
lands, goods and chattel ; and whereas y'' said Matureene Belloo 
& y^ said Robert Pike died making no legal instrument or instru- 
ments of disposition of their said estates, by reason whereof, if 
not timely prevented, controverse5''s may arise amongst their suc- 
cessors concerning the said estates; therefore, for y" preventing 
of all inconveniency or differences & discord which might at any 
time arise between y'' successors and survivors of y" said Matureene 
Belloo, Robert Pike & their posterity, it is covenanted, concluded, 
determined & fulh^ & jointly agreed by Hannah Belloo, widdow 
& Relique of y^ aforesaid deceased Matureene Belloo & daughter 
of y^ said deceased Robert Pike, & by John Belloo, eldest son of 
y* said Matureene Belloo, and by James Belloo, son of y* said 
Matureene Belloo, and by Peter Belloo, son of y* said Matureene 
Belloo, and by Hannah Belloo, daughter of y^ said Matureene 
Belloo, all of y° said town of Providence and coUony of Rhode 
Island and Providence Plantations in New England : that the 
house lot, which is in y^ aforesaid Providence, the one which 
belonged to y' said Robert Pike, & also y^ house lot which 
belonged unto y^ aforesaid Matureen Belloo with all y'' housing 
on it, & y*" share of medow which belonged to y*" said Matureene 
Belloo which lietli at y'' great medow, and half y" right of common 
land yet divisible upon it, reckoning so far west as y^ seven mile 
line'", which belonged to y" said Robert Pike, and one quarter 
13art y^ right which belonged to y* said Matureene Belloo on 
y" west side of y" seven mile line, with all and every their ap- 
pertances, three cows & five swine & all y' household goods, 
shall belong unto y^ said Hannah Belloo, widdow, and y^ said 
Hannah Belloo, daughter, of y'' said Matureene Belloo, unto 
them and their heirs and assigns forever. And if any of said 
estate shall at any time be disposed of, it shall be with both their 
consents and approbation ; and that y" said estate of housing, 
lands, goods and cattle what shall be & remainders possessed 
of by y" said two persons shall revei-t and be unto y* longest 
lived of said two persons, (namely) y* said Hannah Belloo, wid- 
dow, <fe Hannah Belloo, daughter, of y* said Matureene Belloo, 
to their heirs and assigns for ever. 

* This line was established in 1660. It runs north and south from a point supposed to be seven 
miles west of Fox Hill, though it actually measures more. It is now the dividing line between 
Smithfield, Jolinston and Cranston on the east, and Seituate, Gloucester and Burrillville on the 
west. It was the western boundary of the early division of Providence town lands. They subse- 
quently divided the land on the west side of the line. 


Secondly — that the sixty acres of upland in y" 2d division &, 
y" share of niedow in y^ same division in y" right of y" said Ma- 
tureene Belloo & one half y'' right of common, reckoning so far 
west from y^ town of Providence as y" seven mile line, &, a quarter 
part of y'' rig-lit beyond y^ seven mile line, & one acre of swamp 
land adjoining- to y" aforesaid share of medow, <fe half a six acre 
lot lying- in y" neck between y" land of John Brown & y" land of 
Shadrach Manton, it being- the west end or west half of said six 
acres of land, together with all and every of their appertances, 
to be unto y" said John Belloo, to him & his heirs & assigns for 

Thirdly — that the sixty acres of land in y* 2d division in y'' right 
of y^ said Robert Pike, & y" ten acres of land in y** said division 
in y*" right of y* said Robert Pike in lieu of a share of medow, 
and a piece of swampy land which was laid out in exchange from 
y" new field in y° right of y^ aforesaid Matureene Belloo, & half 
of y'' right of common reaching fi'om y" town of Providence so 
far west as y^ seven mile line in y° right of y'' aforesaid Robert 
Pike, with what lands are divisible upon it, & one quarter part 
in y^ right of y* aforesaid Matureene Belloo in y^ land beyond 
y" seven mile line, k one quarter part of a six acre lot lying in 
y'' neck betwixt y" land of John Brown and y" land of Sliadrach 
Manton, the which said quarter part of y* said six acre lot is to 
be at the east end thereof, all the said lands & Common & all and 
every of their appertances to be unto y" said James Belloo afore 
named, to his heirs and assigns forever. 

Fourthly — that the ten acres of land which was bought of Sam- 
uel Whipple lying westward of y*" brook called Bobbins brook &, 
Southward from Walling's furnace, <fe eleven acres of swampy land 
lying in y" great swamp in y" neck, the which is both in y^ right 
of Robert Pike aforesaid, & also of y* aforesaid Matureene Belloo, 
and half a right of Common reaching from y^ town of Providence 
so far west as y* seven mile line with y" lands yet divisible upon 
it in y* right of y" said Matureene Belloo, & a quarter part of 
y^ right of y^ said Matureene in y^ land beyond on y'' west side of 
y^ seven mile line, and one quarter part of a six acre lot in y* neck 
which lyeth between y" land of John Brown & y'' land of Shadrach 
Manton, the which said quarter part is to be between the afore- 
said John Belloo his share of y^ six acres & y" said James Belloo 
his share of y^ said six acres, to be, all and every part of the 
said lands <fe common & all & every of their appertances, unto 
y" said Peter Belloo to him, his heirs k assigns for ever. 


Fifthly — that in case it shall so fall that y^ aforesaid Hannah 
Belloo, widdow, shall stand in need of assistance with maintain- 
ance for her relief, then shall the said John Belloo & James Bel- 
loo & Peter Belloo each of them and their executors, heirs & 
administrators, be at equal charges for her maintainance to the 
end of her natural life. 

Sixthly — that four written instruments be made the which shall 
all correspond & agree each with the other, and that each one 
of y^ aforesaid concerned persons shall sign and set his seal to 
every one of y"" said four written instruments, that any one of 
y* said four written instruments shall be good to all intents and 
purposes for each of said persons their heirs, executors, admin- 
istrators and assigns to hold and maintain their lands and estates 
by the which are therein contained and mentioned for each one 
their iyM:i, and that this instrument is one of y*" said four written 

This being covenant conclusion, determination and full & joint 
agreement made by y^ aforesaid Hannah Belloo, widdow% John 
Belloo, James Belloo, Peter Belloo & Hannah Belloo, daughter 
of y^ said deceased Matureene Belloo ; in witness thereof they 
do all hereunto set their hands & seals this first day of March, 
in y^ year one thousand six hundred eighty and five, six." See 
Providence Records B. II. p. 112, kc. 

This is certainly a very important instrument, remarkable for 
its clearness and strength of specification, considering its date, 
and invaluable for its historic details. It puts us in possession 
of authentic facts respecting the early circumstances and affairs 
of Maturin Ballou's family almost indispensable to a fair start 
of their genealogy. It would seem from its silence concerning 
Mrs. Catherine Pike, widow of Robert, that she had followed him 
to the world of spirits — probably sometime between 1680 and 
168.^. Whether we can infer from the orthography of the name, 
" Matureene Belloo," anything conclusive as to the early pronun- 
ciation of it, is doubtful ; though it is probable that the draftsman 
of the instrument, an evidently legal gentleman, gave nearly its 
usual phonetic pronunciation. But the scribes and clerks of sub- 
sequent date made such incongruous work of writing it and the 
sur-name generally, that we are only amazed at their multiform 
whimsicality. We know, however, by the original letters of Na- 
thaniel and John, sons of Maturin, that they spelled their sur- 
name as we now do — Ballou. 

What next occurred in the experience of the family? It is 


probable, if not certain, that tlie widow Hannah Ballon and her 
danghter Hannah resided for several years on the original home- 
stead in the northerly section of Providence. Meantime the three 
brothers, John, James and Peter, settled within a short distance 
of each other on their respective divisions of iidierited common 
land in a locality then called Loquasquissnck, bnt now Louis- 
qniset. This tract was then in its wilderness state, but had sev- 
eral attractive open meadows, created by the ancient beavers, 
yielding annually large crops of nutritious grasses, much needed 
in those days for the sustenance of cattle. It was situated only 
a few miles northwest of the parental homestead, in wdiat is now 
the westerly part of Lincoln, between the villages of Manville on 
the north and Lime Kock on the south. This locality was origi- 
nally in the town of Providence and included in the tract of 
common territory called the Outlatuls of Prouldeiice. In 1730 
those Outlands were divided into three towns, viz. : Smithlield, 
Gloucester and Scituate. Thenceforth the Ballon locality of the 
second generation was in Smithfield. In 1871 Smithheld was 
subdivided so as to constitute wholly or in part four towns, viz. : 
Smithfield, North Smithfield, Woousocket and Lincoln. Burrill- 
ville was set ofi' from Gloucester in 1806. The ancient James 
Ballon homestead lies about half a mile westward from the village 
of Albion. A portion of it continues in possession of their de- 
scendants to this day. 

At length the mother and daughter began to stand in need of 
special care from one or more of the sons. They preferred that 
of James, and entered into the following- Agreement with him, 
Oct. 22, 1707 : 

"Whereas there are two house lots or home shares of land, 
each lot containing about four acres of land be it more or less, the 
which are situate lying and being in the town of Providence, in 
the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in the 
Naragansett Bay in New England — lieing and being in the row of 
house lots whereon the town is seated, and towards the northern 
part of the town — the which said lots of land, one of them for- 
merly belonged unto Robert Pike formerly of said Providence 
but now deceased, the other of them formerly belonged to Ma- 
tureene Belloo formerly of said Providence but now deceased — 
The which said two house lots or home shares of land do now 
belong to us, Hannah Belloo, formerly wife of the sd Matureene 
Belloo but now his widow, and Hannah Belloo, daughter of the 


aforesaid Matureene Belloo, both of y^ aforesaid town of Prov- 
idence, and are our proper estates, both the said lots : And 
wliereas we, the sd Hannah Belloo, widdow of the aforesaid Ma- 
tureene Belloo, and Hannah Belloo, daughter of the aforesaid 
Matureen Belloo, are noAv fallen into the care and providing for 
of James Belloo, of the aforesaid town of Providence, son of the 
aforesaid deceased Matureene Belloo and of the said Hannah 
Belloo, widow of the aforesaid deceased Matureene Belloo : And 
whereas it is requisite that the said James Belloo should be con- 
sidered as with respect to his care and charges as to our provid- 
ing for and maintainance so far as we are capable, and if it shall 
so fall out at any time with us or with either of us, that we or 
either of us may not be in a capasity to answer the said James 
Belloo as to his care, charges and disbursements concerning us 
or either of us, the sd two lots of land shall be under such cir- 
cumstances as to make restitution unto the said James Belloo or 
his heirs for what he hath or may yet expend upon us or on the 
longest lived of us. And if at any time that any of us two per- 
sons to whom the said two lots of land do belong shall see cause 
to make sale of the same, the said James Belloo or his heirs shall 
have the first oft'er and refusal, he or they allowing as much for 
the same as any other person will give. 

In witness of the premises we, the said Hannah Belloo widdow 
and Hannah Belloo daughter, do hereunto set our hands and seals 
the twenty and second day of October, in the year one thousand 
seven hundred and seven. 

The mark of -- Hannah Belloo, 
widow ; / 

Hannah Belloo, daughter. 

Signed, sealed and delivered in 
the presence of 

Tho. Olney, sen. 
John Inman, Junr, 

Kecorded Feb. 10th, 1717-18. 

Per me Richard Waterman, Clerk." 

It furthermore appears that the mother and daughter made a 
deed bearing this same date of October 22, 1707, whereby they 
conveyed to James Belloo all their right, title and interest to lands 
on the west side of the seven mile line, as specified in the divi- 
sional agreement hereinbefore copied. This deed, which is still 
extant in its original form, purports to have been recorded in 
" Providence Records," Book II. pp. 195 and 196, June 13, 1711, 
by Thomas Olney, Clerk. 

Under date of Jan. 28, 1711-12, Hannah Ballon, the widowed 


motlier, executed a deed whereby she conveyed to her son James 
" my two six acre lots situate and being- within y^ Town of Provi- 
dence & lying- between land of James Brown on y" south & the 
land of John Arnold on the North, and butting on y" Town street 
on the west — one of which sd lots did formerly belong unto my 
well beloved husband, Matureene Belou deceased, the other did 
formerly belong to my much honored father, Robert Pike de- 
ceased — as also one half Right of common on y" east side of 
y^ seven mile line. And also fourteen acres of land laid out unto 
me adjoining to the lands of my said son, James Beleu, together 
with all my household stuf and other moveable Estate of what 
kind and nature soever." Providence Records, Book III. p. 90. 

At this same date James bound himself in the penal sum of 
£40 to his mother " to find for and allow unto her meat, drink, 
washing, lodging, appariel and tendance, with all things else 
needful and necessary respecting both her age and times of sick- 
ness," during her whole life. Providence Records, B. III. p. 90. 

Thus we find James Ballou in legal possession of all the prop- 
erty that had belonged to his mother and to his sister Hannah — 
he giving bonds as aforesaid. As his sister is not mentioned in 
either of these two instruments bearing- date Jan. 28, 1711-12, she 
had undoubtedly deceased. This determines her death to have 
taken place some time between Oct. 22, 1707, and Jan. 28, 1711-12, 
which is the nearest approximation we are able to make to the 
date of that event.* 

The foregoing arrangement appears to have been quite unsatis- 
factory to John Ballon, the eldest son of Maturin and Hannah 
(Pike) Ballou. It seemed to him that his brother James had 
inveigled himself into an undue share of his mother's estate, and 
he complained of it. He died some little time before his mother, 
and left his grievance to be cherished by his eldest son, John 
Ballou, Jr. When his grandmother had x^assed away, this son 
insisted that his uncle James should hand over to him a share of 
the estate, pleading that the three sons and their heirs had all 
been bound for the old lady's maintenance, and ought to share 
her property. His uncle James contended that he had borne all 
the care and expense of her maintenance, and that the entire estate 
made over to him would hardly make him whole. But John, Jr., 

* Aug. 20, 1885. Our friend John O. Austin, an expert Rhode Island genealogist, has recently 
discovered and communicated in part a record of the testimony given on trial of the case between 
John Ballou^ and hii> uncle, James Ballou-, in 1718, which reports Peter Ballou^ as declaring that 
his sifiter Hannah " died fore part of January 1712." This seems to settle the date almost to a day. 


brought suit against his uncle, which was tried before the " Gen- 
eral Court of Trials " at Newport in Sept., 1718. It seems that 
the plaintiff lost his case. There are some peculiar and quaint 
papers extant relating- to this case, which we cannot afford to have 
biiried out of sight. They will repay preservation, and, as curi- 
osities, if nothing more, demand a place in these pages. The first 
of these documents is a Release or discharge made by James, the 
uncle, to John, his nephew. 

" Whereas my brother John Ballou did oblige himself and heirs 
to be at equal part of the expense of maintaining my mother and 
sister, now deceased, with me and my brother Peter, I do now 
therefore discharge John Ballou, son and heir of the said John 
Ballou now deceased, fi'om all costs and charges which have oc- 
curred for the support of my mother & sister. 

James Ballou. 
Feb. 7, 1717-18." 

This is only an extract from the instrument, containing the pith 
of its substance, but is sufficient for our purpose. It looks as if 
uncle James executed it to foreclose any plea on the part of 
nephew John, that he and others might be held liable to pay 
charges for the maintenance of his grandmother and aunt. But 
it is chiefly interesting as showing that the uncle intended to 
insist on no unjust claims, and more especially to us of this gen- 
eration, as indicating proximately the death-dates of his mother 
and brother John. Another recorded document, discovered by 
Frederick M. Ballou, Esq., after the foregoing was written, shows 
that John had deceased previously to "March 4, 1714-15." Hence 
it is somewhat probable that the mother and her eldest son died 
not far apart — he during the year 1714, she early in 1715. These 
instruments are our only dependence for fixing their death dates. 
We have, however, two mucji more curious documents relating to 
this family controversy. Here is a 

Deposition by Deputy Gov. Joseph Jenks. 

" I Joseph Jenks, being of Lawful age, Do testify & Say, that 
Som years ago I was Desired by James Beleu to write a Deed of 
Some percils of Land, which he told me his mother was minded 
he should have in Satisfaction for y" Charge which he had already 
been at for her maintainance. As also for her further maintainance 
During her life, he also desired me, that when I had writ Sd 
Deed I would bring it up to his house <fe Se it Executed, & ac- 


cordiiig'ly when I liad writ the Deed I carried it to his house, & 
when I came there he Sent for his brother Peter Beleu to come to 
his honse to See the Executing- of Sd Deed, he also Sent for Some 
persons for witnesses ; Sz whilst the messengers were gon (which 
I suppose was about an hour) I fell into Discourse with the An- 
cient woman, James Beleu's mother, ct asked her Several ques- 
tions — & to my thinking' She answered very Rationally to them 
all, & as Rationally as She could have done at any time, for many 
years past : & amongest other discourse, I asked her if She could 
Remember her age. She Replied She could not, but told me that 
Thomas Olney had kept her age Ever Since She came to Live at 
Pro^ddence : for, said she, when I first came into this Town, we 
had discourse about our ages, & found that we were both born in 
one year : & he has kept my age Ever Since. So after Some 
Time the Messengers Returned ; & Thomas Hopkins & Valentine 
Inman Came for to be witnesses to Sd Deed ; but Peter Beleu 
Came not — he having business which Detained him, as was said ; 
but John Beleu came & Seemed very angery. Saying that he 
thought he ought to have part of the Land. James Beleu Re- 
plied, I do not Covet the Land, do you pay me what Charge I 
have been at, in keeping my mother, & Hannah, Sz take my mother 
& Look after her as Long as She lives, provided She be willing to 
goe Avitli yoii, k Do you take the Land. John Beleu Replied he 
would take her ; but She made Answer, I won't go with you, 
John, what will you do with me ? you can't Look after me, or to 
that Effect. So She proceeded to Sign the deed, being Dim 
Sighted She asked where She must Sign, & I guided her hand to 
the place k She Signed the Deed, but John Beleu forbid the wit- 
nesses Signing, but they proceeded & Signed as witnesses : & I 
heard not one word, neither from him nor them, of the old woman's 
being Childish, or Incopassitated for such a business. So I took 
her acknowledgement of the Deed, k drew a bond wherein James 
Beleu became bound to his mother for her maintainance During 
her Life, k So Returned hom : k never heard any more Stir about 
it untill al)out Six or Eight months ago : k then I heard that John 
Beleu was Intended to Sue for the Land Contained in the fore Sd 
Deed, k had procured witnesses to prove that his grandmother 
was Childish k not Capeable of making a conveyance at the time 
wdien she sined the afore Sd Deed, k that those men which were 
witnesses to the Deed had given Such a Testimony : the which I 
much admired at ; but I Remembering what discoiu'se I had with 
the woman about her age, thought I would ask Mr. Olney about 


it, & according-ly I did, & lie told me that when She came first to 
providence, her father, and mother, her husband and Shee kept 
Some Time at his father's house, in which time they had Discourse 
about their age, & found they were both born in one year, & he 
was then Eighteen years of age : So that Mr. Olney confirming 
the Truth of what the woman had told me at the time of her 
Signing the Deed, was a good Confirmation to me that I was not 
mistaken in Judging her to be of sound memory at that Time : 
& this I declare to be truth, as witness my hand this 2d of Octo- 
ber : 1718. 

Joseph Jencks. 

Taken upon Engagent this 27th day of March 1719 : before me 

Richard Browne, Justice of peace." 

The foregoing has been copied literally from a time-yellowed 
Imt well preserved original paper, handed down among other val- 
uable documents to the descendants of James Ballon inheriting 
the ancient homestead. It appears to be in the hand writing of 
Richard Browne, Esq., who swore the deponent, excepting only 
the signature, Joseph Jencks, which is probably his own, as it is 
spelled with a c in it before* the k, unlike " Jenks " at the begin- 
ning, and shows a lighter use of the pen. Joseph Jenks was a 
distinguished man and ofticial functionary among the early Rhode 
Islanders. The deed and bond to which he refers, as having 
assisted to execute, bear date January 28, 1711-12 ; which has 
been shown on a preceding page. The deponent is understood 
to refer first to "John Beleu," the elder brother of James, and last 
to "John Beleu," the nephew. He makes neither of these Johns 
appear to very good advantage in comparison with James, who 
seems to have been a high minded, fair and just person. Han- 
nah Ballon, the aged widow of Maturin, is shown to have been a 
discriminating, shrewd woman, with downright common sense and 
a positive will. She was not to be trifled with. This deposition 
gives us our best indications concerning Hannah (Pike) BaUou's 
age, yet is not desirably definite. Mr. Olney and she were born 
the same year. They were eighteen years of age when she first 
came to Providence. But when was that ? Her parents, she and 
her husband dwelt for a time with Mr. Olney's father. Was she 
then already married to Maturin Ballon at the age of eighteen ? 
Or is it only meant that he who became her husband lived in 
Pike's family ? There is constructive room for conjecture ; and it 
is a reasonable conjecture, that the Pike family, with Maturin 

JOHN, JR., vs. JAMES' HAL LOU. 15 

Ballon, may liave come to Providence as early as 1644, tliongli 
their land g-rant is dated in Jan., 1646. We have no means of 
settling these points. We shall assnme, however, that they were 
Uving at Mr. Olney's in 1644, that Hannah Pike had not then been 
married, was at that time eighteen years old, and was probably 
married two or three years late^\ If so, she was eighty -five years 
of age or thereabouts in 1712, when she executed the deed to her 
son James, which Joseph Jencks wrote and took her acknowledg- 
ment of. And if so, she must have been eighty-seven or over at 
her death, which probably took place not far from 1714. If we 
have not mistaken facts in assuming that the deponent spoke first 
of John Ballon, Sen., and afterwards of John Ballon, Jr., then it 
would seem that John Ballon, Sen., must have died perhaps before 
his mother : i. e. during 1714, and she early in 1715, as already 
conjectured. This point must be left in some obscurity and uncer- 
tainty, for Avant of requisite explicit data. 

Another Kindhed Document 

now demands consideration. It explains itself, and is literally as 
follows: — "Whereas there hath been: and yet is a Contention 
betwixt John Ballon, and his uncle James Ballon, both of Provi- 
dence in the Colony of Bliode Island etc : Concerning certain 
Lands lying within the Township of Providence aforesaid, the 
which said Lands the said James Ballon purchased of his mother, 
Hannah Ballon, as by two deeds of Sale under her hand & seal 
may appear, nevertheless the said John Ballon, sence the decease 
of his Grandmother the sd Hannah Ballon, layeth Claim unto said 
land as being heir unto it : and their strife about the same is risen 
to such a heighth that they have had one tryal at the last General 
Court of tryals held at NeAvport in Septendjer last i>ast, and design 
to have another at the next General Coui-t of tryals there ; and 
inasmuch as neither of the said deeds of sale do so exactly and 
plainly declare how much money the sd James Ballon gave for 
the said Lands, as they might have done, therefore some persons 
have taken the groundless advantage as to say the sd James 
Ballon obtained the aforesaid Lands of his said mother for a very 
small Slim, if any thing, or at least nothing near the true worth 
thereof: Therefore the said James Ballon Earnestly desired us 
whose names are here under written, to give our Judgment as to 
the true worth of the said Lands : and also to Examine the books 
of the accounts of the dealing between his said mother and him- 


self ; that so it may be known for tlie future wlietlier there was 
any wrong- done in that affair or not. Now as to the aforesaid 
Lands our Judgment is, that at the times when said deeds were 
signed, all the Lands that said James Ballon holds by virtue of 
said two deeds, was not worth more than one hundred pounds of 
money : and having' Examined tln^ said books of accounts and 
according to the account that the said James Ballou brought and 
showed to us, it appeared that the said Hannah Ballou was in- 
debted to the said James Ballou, not long before her death, one 
hundred & ten pounds two shillings & three pence, and if the said 
accounts which he showed us be really true, which we know noth- 
ing at present to the Contrary, then we reckon that the said James 
Ballou gave ten pounds tAvo shillings and three pence more than 
said Lands Avere worth at that time, for he told us he gave all the 
debt. Signed at Providence this 2Gtli of March 1719 by us 

William Harris 
Bichard Browne. 
Providence, March 26th 1719 ; Then taken upon Engagement 
before me Joseph Jencks, Dep'. Gov''." 

Whether this unique document was ever used at any trial of the 
controversy to which it relates, Ave do not knoAV. Its procurement 
by James Ballou seems to have been mainly designed to satisfy 
candid inquirers into the case, that he had done no Avrong in the 
obtainment of his mother's lands, nor given any just cause of 
complaint to his contentious nephcAv in the matter. This was 
creditable to his self respect, as well as to his sense of justice. 
He was evidently an upright, prudent and honorable man. If his 
nepheAV Avas Avanting in any of these qualities, for any reason, he 
was no exception to multitudes of kindred minds in our Avorld. 
And if the Ballous of this generation take no pride in this feud of 
their progenitors, they may draAv useful lessons from it in avoiding 
Avhat is censurable on one side, and imitating Avliat Avas commend- 
able on the other. They can see that human nature was active in 
their ancestors, as in themselves, and treasure up the admonitions 
of AA'isdom. 

Here Ave may close all that need be said of Maturin BaUou, his 
AvidoAV, Hannah (Pike) Ballou, and the three of their children Avho 
died unmarried. Maturin Ballon', our patriarch, died not far fi'oni 
1661, and Avas buried probably in the oldest Providence Grave 
Yard. No lettered stone marks the spot. Samuel, his youngest 
sou, Avas drowned June 10, 1669, a mere lad, and buried near his 


father. Natliaiiiel, next older than Sanniel, died and Avas Iniried 
away from the family home ; but ichere no record yet found in- 
forms us, perhaps about the year 1678. Hannah, the only daugh- 
ter, was never married, and spent her last years with her venerable 
mother at the residence of her brother James Ballou, on his home- 
stead about half a mile west of the village called Albion, in then 
Providence, afterwards Smithfield, and now Lincoln. She died 
between 1707 and 1712, the precise date unascertained. Her re- 
mains were undoubtedly buried in that brother's family cemetery. 
Hannah, the widow of Maturin', styled by Deputy Gov. Jencks 
" the ancient woman," died, as we have assumed, on the same 
premises, aged not far fi-om eighty-eight years, and her ashes 
repose in the same huml)le cemetery. It was located only a short 
distance from the original home-site. There rests the dust of 
James Ballou", of his ynie, mother, sister, and a portion of his 
posterity. No sculjitured marble distinguishes the oldest graves 
from each other. It ought to be a hallowed depository to the 
descendants of James", and may hereafter be fitly honored with 
some deserved monument of commemoration. 

Arrangement of this Genealogy, 

The proper construction and arrangement of this work has been 
a subject of considerable solicitude with the author. At first he 
was disposed to present its details in three General Parts, quite 
distinct from each other, so as to treat separately of John Ballou" 
and his descendants, of James Ballou" and his descendants, and 
of Peter Ballou" and his descendants. But on finding that the 
descendants of Peter were so few as to be very disproportionate 
in number to those of his two elder brothers, he concluded to carry 
the whole along together in the order of their generations. On 
the advice of an experienced genealogist, he thought, for awhile, 
of placing the female branches of descent, wherever they forked 
ofi" from the male lineage, wdth full family records in a compact 
series together from case to case. But after mature reflection, he 
decided to avoid such broad blocks of eccentric specification, out 
of the regular chronological line as this must occasion, and to let 
both male and female branches of descent flow along in their 
natural order. He has proceeded accordingly, and the reader will 
please seek both for male or female descendants in the regular 
range of successive generations ; care being taken on his part to 
guard against obscurity and mistake. So we come next to Maturin 
Ballou's descendants of the 



Second and Third Generations. 

[2.] John Ballou", Maturin' ; presumed to have been b. in 
Providence, E. I., about tlie year 1650 ; m. 1st Hannah , sur- 
name, pareutag-e, date and particulars of mge. not found. Froni 
this wife lie was separated by divorce of the Colonial General 
Assembly, May 2, 1G76. He m. 2d ILinnah Garrett, alias Jarrett, 
of Rhode Island, Jan. 4, 1678-9. Issue. — 

8—1. John, b. Aug. 26, 1683 ; m. Naomi Inman Feb. 5, 1713-14. 

9—2. Maturin, b. sup. 1685 ; m. 1st Sarah Arnohl, 2d Mary Cooper, 1759. 

10—3. Peter, b. Aug. 1, 1689 ; m. Rebecca Asteu or Esteu, Maj- 13, 1714. 

11 — 4. Sarah, b. not found ; get no satisfactory trace of her. 

12 — 5. Hannah, b. not found ; no trace ; prob. d. in early infancy. ^ 4^ iV''^ 

^jl^in early infancy. J Cun iV'^ 
gh June 7, 1713. ' 

13 — 6. Abigail, b. not found ; ni. John Albrou 

John Ballou' appears to have lived several years in early man- 
hood on the Island of Rhode Island, in Portsmouth or Newport. 
There he was admitted a fi-eeman in 1671. It is possible he there 
m. his first ^dfe, the Hannah fi-om whom he was separated by 
divorce in 1676. But this is uncertain, as he resided alternately 
on the Island and in Providence. AU we know concerning his 
divorce and the grounds of it is derivable from the following 
Colonial record, viz. — 

" At a Session of the General Assembly, held at Newport May 
2, 1676, Voted : Whereas John Belou, of the town of Providence, 
presented his petition to this Assembly for a legal divorce fi-om 
his wife Hannah Belou ; the Coui-t, upon examination of the mat- 
ter, finding that from the first of their marriage they hved very 
discontentedly — she complaining- of his insufficiency : for the rea- 
son abovesaid, and others, the Assembly doth see cause to divorce 
the said John Belou from all matrimonial engagements to the said 
Hannah Belou, and that from henceforth this Assembly doth de- 
declare him absolutely free as aforesaid." 

This looks a httle like the easy-going- kind of divorces, being- 
granted mainly on account of incompatibility, mth the blame 
charged on the wife. We cannot look behind the record into the 
merits of the case, and might more properly, as some will think, 
have ignored the whole matter, but chose rather to unveil it in the 
interest of truthful history, and leave its lesson of human infirmity 
for admonition. 

The follomng letters from John' to his brother James (with 


Nrtthaniers provioiTsly g-iven) wore rescued from oblivion bj^ our 
pioneer in tins work, Ira B. Peck, Esq., and several other long 
lialf-l)uried ancient documents, preserved by the resident descen- 
dants of James in their inherited patrimonial domicile. They are 
quaint and curious enough for careful insertion on these pages. 
They were written from his residence on the Island, and are as 
follows. — 

Feb. 4, 1677. " Loving- brother, — My love remembered imto 
thee, and my love to my grandmother, and to l)rotlier Peter, and 
to my neig-hbors. Let this g-ive you to understand that we are all 
in pretty good health at this present time. I do hear that you do 
intend to come down shortly ; and if thou dost, I would have thee 
see what is become of them apples which I put in the ground, and 
if they ban't spoiled bring' them down with thee. 

I rest thy brother, John Ballon. 

It Avould seem that it was then common to preserve apples dur- 
ing the winter by burying them in the ground. 
Again he wrote, under date of April 1, 1678. — 

"Loving brother, — ^Ij love is remembered unto thee, and to 
my grand mother, and to Peter. Let this give thee to understand 
that we are aU in health at this time — thanks be to God for his 
mercy. I have been three times to speak to John Thornton about 
thy business, and yet he hath done nothing about it. [Here en- 
sues a sentence which is unintelligible.] Mother's being warned 
by the Town Council was nothing else but to know wdiether she 
did intend to remain or stay longer upon the Island. Our purpose 
is to coine up to Providence as soon as ever we can. It may be a 
week or a fortnight before we shall be able to come up. I would 
have thee not trouble thyself about fencing in any more ground 
this spring ; because either thee or I must, this summer, if we live, 
go down to the bay and look after that business there. So I shall 
forbear at this time, hoping you are in health, and to see you 
before it be long. 

Your lo\ing brother, John Bidhni. 

One thing more aliout the rest of the cooper stuf. James Clark 
has a great mind to have it ; and if you can fetch it down for him, 
he win pay you anything excejit money. But if you can't, then 
send word by the next boat ; but if you can, then send word what 


The originals of tliese letters, as well as Nathaniel's, have come 
into our possession hy transmission from Mr. Peck. They are in 
a tolerable state of preservation, exhibit an old fashion chiro- 
g-raphy qnite fair in its style, and with sig-natnres peculiarly dis- 
tinct. The above would afford good fac-similes. A few of the 
words and phrases puzzled my understanding, but with slight 
exceptions they are accurately rendered. They have a homely 
simplicity, but their naturalness of business detail does not detract 
from their value, especially in a case where we have nothing else 
to give us even a hint as to the dohiestic experiences, circumstan- 
ces and pursuits of these family ancestors. AVe infer that John" 
was without wompan'ionahlc wife or child during those days, and 
dwelling with his mother and sister in their temporary home. 
James and Peter and grandmother Pike were on their Providence 
plantation, with occasional business of common interest up and 
down the shores of NaiTagansett Bay. 

It would seem that his wddowed mother, and probably his 
sister Hannah, had been staying with John on the Island. Very 
likely they went thither, as many others did, just before king 
Philip's Indians attacked Providence, to escape impending dan- 
ger. James, however, and his grandmother Pike, either did not 
flee to the Island, or had already returned to Providence. John 
took up his abode with the rest of the family before 1681 : for he 
was then admitted a freeman of Providence. It seems, too, that 
he served in the Indian war and was wounded ; for the General 
Assembly, at their October session in 1684, passed the following 
order. — " John Ballou is allowed three pounds in or as money to 
be x>aid l)y the General Treasurer for his cure of his wound in 
the late Indian war." Later the three brothers, John, James 
and Peter, settled near each other on a large tract of land in the 
locality then called by the Indian name, Loquasquissuck, after- 
wards modernized into Louisquisset. This locality lies now 
mainly, if not Avholly, in the town of Lincoln. It includes Lime 
Rock and the adjacent vicinity, especially north-eastward. 

As specimens of antique land surveying and recording, we copy 
the following layings-out to John Ballou". — "April y" lltli, 1685. 
Laid out in y*" right of y" deceased Robert Pike, in lieu of land 
formerly laid out for a share of medow in y" second division, now 
changed k laid down to common. The said land is ten acres and 
is now laid out, and is situate and Ueing and being in y" woods 
commonly called Loquasquissick woods, & near unto the now 
dwelling house of James Belloo, about South Eastward fi'om it, 


1 )ouiuling- on y^ Norwesteru Corner with a black oak tree marked, 
and on y^ noreastern corner with a black oak tree marked, & on 
y" southwestern corner with a l)lack oak tree marked, & on y" 
southeastern corner mtli a low rock ; it being' northward & south- 
ward the longest ways, the breadth ways eastward and w^estward 
— y" northern end bounding with a highway, and y° westward side 
with a highway, on y* eastern side with common, and on y" south- 
ern end with y" land of Henry Brown. 

Laid out the year & day abovesaid by me, 

Thomas Olney, sh'veior. 

" By Arthur Fenner, sirvair, tt Wilham Hopkins, sirvair. Sev- 
eral years since laid out unto John Bellou in the right of his de- 
deased father, Matureeu Belloo, for a share of medow in the 
second division, ten acres of low swampy land, lieing & being in 
that part of ProA'idence plantation commonly called Loquassqus- 
sick woods, & upon a small stream which runneth into the land of 
Edward Inman & his partners ; the which ten acres of land, not 
being- by y^ said Arthur Fenner & y" said AVilliam Hopkins re- 
turned to y" town to be recorded, hath, this eleventh day of Ai)ril, 
1685, been by me, Thomas Olney, su'veior, returned & the bounds 
thereof taken. It is bounded on the southeastern corner with a 
stake drove into the ground, the which also is a boundry of the 
land of Benjamin Hearnton, and from said stake to range East- 
ward to a maple tree marked, and from y^ said maple tree to rang-e 
Northward to a black-oak tree marked, & from said black oak 
Northwestward to the aforesaid stream, and so up along the stream 
to a maple tree marked for a western corner bound ; the southern 
part bounding with y" aforesaid Benjamin Hearnton's land — -the 
western part with y° common, and y" eastern part with y" common, 
the northern part with y^ aforesaid stream & partly with swampy 
land." Other examples omitted as unnecessary. 

On these and other adjacent parcels of land, comprising alto- 
gether a spacious homestead, John Ballon' and his second wife, 
Hannah Garrett, spent the maturer portion of their lives, and 
reared their family of seven children. We have found no clew to 
the parentage or birth-date of Hannah Garrett, but have given 
the authentic date of their marriage at the head of their family 
record. Besides what has already been given, very Uttle of his 
biography has come down to our times. We have assumed, with 
sufficient reason that he must have d. in 1714. Of his wife's de- 


cease no information has been obtained. Nor liave we any 
knowledge concerning- tlieir burial place; but probably it was 
in the near vicinity of their homestead.""'" 

[3.] James Ballou", Maturin'; b. in Providence, E. I., as sup. 
during- the year 1G52 ; m. Siis<nin.a Whittnan, dr. of Valentine and 
Mary Whitman [alias Wightman], b. in said Providence Feb. 28, 
1658 ; cer. July 25, 1C83. Issue.— 

14—1. James, h. Nov. 1, 1(584 ; m. Catherine Arnold Jan. 25, 1714. 

15—3. Nathaniel, b. Apl. 9, '87 ; m. Mary Lovett Dee. 7, 1716. 

16—3. Obadiah, b. Sept. 6, '89 ; m. 1st Damaris Bartlett Jan. 5, 1717, 2(1 

17—4. Samnel, b. Jan. 23, '92 ; m. 1st Susannah Arnold, 2d Mary Smith. 
18 — 5. Susanna, b. Jan. 3, '95 ; m. 1st John Innian June 28, 1716, 2d Riehd. 

19—6. Bathsheba, b. Feb. 15, '98 ; m. Daniel Arnold Oct. 16, 1720. 
20—7. Nehemiah, b. Jan. 20, 1702 ; m. 1st Mary Hall, 2d Abigail Perry. 

These seven clin. were prob. all b. in Loquasquissuck, since 
called Louisquisset, originally in Pro^^dence, R. I., later Smith- 
field, and now Lincoln. There James Ballou^ and wife Susannah 
settled soon after mg-e., about half a mile west of Albion Factory 
Yillage on the Blackstone River, and a little noi-thward fi'om the 
farms of his bros, John and Peter. He preceded them as a settler 
in that locality — certain records showing- that his orig-inal domicile 
had been erected previously to 1685. The general tract of terri- 
tory bearing" the Indian name of Loquasquissuck seems to have 
been regarded by Providence Proprietors as an eminently desir- 
able one. For as early as 1658 they appointed a Committee to 
clear up a portion of its wilderness lands. It is therefore prob. 
that James^ commenced his preparations for a home there some- 
time before his mge. But however this was, his first log house 
was early erected near where his gt. gd. son, Willard Ballou", hved 
and died. His second domicile, a fi-amed structure, stood near the 
same site, and the ancient well still remains. This second dwel- 
ling house was inherited by his son SamueP, but in 1782 was 
superseded by his gd. son Moses* mth the one now extant. 

On this homestead James^ and wife hved out tlieir useful and 
honorable lives. She belonged to one of the most respectable 
famiUes of the Colony, proved herself an exemplary wife, mother 

* since the foregoing was written some liglit lias been discovered. From two entries iu the rec- 
ords of old Smitlitield Town Council, under dates of October 1V46 and April 1747, it appears that 
Mrs. Uaunah was then still living in a state of helplessness, that her sons Maturin-' and Peter^ pe- 
titioned the Council to do something in her behalf, and that Peter^ was appointed her Guardian. 
But her death date remaims untold. 


autl neig-bbor, and barmoniously cooperated ^\\i\l bini in acbieving 
great family success. 

We bave stated on former pages tbe prominent position and 
g-rave responsibilities of James'' in relation to bis motber and only 
sister, tlieir confidence in bis fostering" care, and bow be entered 
into possession of tbeir real estate. Tbis witli bis own inberitance 
of lands fi'om bis fatber and maternal gd. fatber, Robert Pike, 
made bim master of several bundred acres in coiniection witli bis 
primal bomestead, or witliin tbe circuit of a few miles. To tbese 
be went on adding' otber tracts by purcbase till be must bave 
become tbe owner of well nigb a tbousand in all — perbaps more. 
He made important acquisitions in wliat were tlien tbe soutbwest 
parts of Dedliam and Wrentbam, most of wbicb, by re-settlement 
of tbe old Colonial lines, afterward became tbe uortberly section 
of Cumberland, E. I. To understand tbe situation of tbese tracts, 
it sbould be remembered tbat previous to its incorporation Jan. 
27, 1746, Cumlierland was a triangular territory liaving for its 
bypotbenuse tbe Blackstone River. A portion of it was long" 
claimed as l)elonging' to Old Plymoutb Colony, and was called 
" Attleborougb Gore." An undefined nortbern strip of it, over a 
mile in widtb, was claimed as originally belonging to tbe Colony 
of Massacbusetts Bay, and was included in tbe townsbips of Ded- 
liam, Wrentbam, kc. Tbe revision of Colonial boundaries gave 
tbe wbole area nortbeast of Blackstone river to Rbode Island, 
and tbe same was incorporated as tbe town of Cumberland in 

James Ballon^ made bis first purcbase in tbis locabty early in 
1690. Tbe grantor was Wilbam Avery, blacksmitb, resident in 
Dedliam, Mass. Tbe deed is in tbe old fasbioned verbose form. 
It describes tbe premises as containing " Forty Acres of Sbruffy 
meadow and swampy Land, as it lietli in Dedbam bounds on tbe 
easterly side of Pawtucket river, near unto a Rock called Iron 
Rock ; on tbe west and Nortbwest side bounded witli a ledge of 
Rocks ; on tbe Soutbwest Side billy round about it ; as it is layed 
out, bounded and marked." Tbe conveyance is made " for and in 
consideration of good and valuable payment in band, and well 
and truly paid liy James Ballou, of Providence, under tbe Govern- 
ment of Rbode Island in New England." Tbe covenant concludes 
tlius: — "And I, tbe said AVilHam Avery, do liereby Give Lawful 

*" In 1746, by a decision of George TI. in Council, the ' Gore ' was detached from Attleborougb, 
annexed to the County of Providence, and named in honor of Prince William, Duke of Cumber- 
land." Uistory of Woousocket, p. 16. 


seizure and possession of tlie aforesaid forty acres of Land, be it 
more or less, as it is layed ont by estimation, about a mile and a 
half from tlie aforesaid River,- near Wrentliam bounds." Signed 
Jan. 13, 1690. Acknowledged Oct. 22, 1691. R(*orded with Suf- 
folk Deeds, B. 15, p. 28, &g. 

In 1706 James Ballou" augmented his real estate in this vicinity, 
by purchasing of Nathaniel Ware what was technically called 
"one cow common right" in all the common and undivided lands' 
of Wrentliam. This " cow common right " was deeded by John 
Lawrence to Nathaniel Ware, l)otli of Wrentliam, May 1, 1689, 
and transferred by Ware to Ballou May 10, 1706. How much 
land was derived from this right, by subsequent divisions and lay- 
ings-out, we are unable to state ; but it must have been enough 
to make several handsome farms ; for we find that James^ settled 
his three eldest sons, James^, Nathauier and Obadiah^, on home- 
steads largely derived fi'om it. 

April 11, 1713, he divided and conveyed all the above described 
Dedliam and Wrentliam lands and rights to these three sons, 
making them co-equal inheritors. The consideration was " love 
and good affection," " settlement and well being " &c. James^ 
received sixty acres in Wrentliam, together with one right in 
common lands still undivided, and one third part of the Iron Rock 
meadow, above described as lying- in " Dedliam bounds." We 
have all this specified in the original deed now before us. It will 
be found that the deeds to Nathaniel and Obadiah, of probably 
the same date and tenor, conveyed to them respectively land 
enough, in substantial value, to equal the paternal gift to James. 
Thus ample pro"\dsion rendered convenient the settlement of these 
three brothers in the same neighborhood, closely adjacent to each 

In July, 1726, James" made a gift-deed to his youngest son, 
Nehemiah Ballou^, of lands situated on Chepatchet and Pascoag 
rivers in Glocester, R. I., constituting a respectable homestead. 
Also, at the same time, he gave to his son SamueP his home farm. 
On the 20tli of April, 1731, he made his Will. He described him- 
self as then " being in health of body, of a disposing mind and 
perfect memory." His real estate had already been settled on his 
children, but he had some valuables left, which he parcelled out 
to each of his sons and daughters. Samuel was made his resid- 
uary legatee and executor. In 1741 he seems to have made 
another arrangement of his affairs, in relation to his personal 
estate, which he distributed among his children, To Samuel he 


made over, in leg'al form, most of liis movable propei-ty ; the con- 
sideration being- "Love and good vn\\, and the care and attention 
that he had received from him the past sixteen years, in providing 
him mtli maintenance in sickness and health, and what further 
maintenance, care and attention he might need during his natural 
life." In this closing settlement, he had each of his clin. give him 
a receipt of full satisfaction with his bestowments on them. The 
following is a copy of the one subscribed by James\ The others 
were substantially similar. 

" Smithtield, April y^ ISth A. D. 1741. 

Then received of my honored father, James Bellowe of Smith- 
field, my full part of my said father's estate, and do hereby 
acknowledge myself to be herewith fuUy satisfied, and do hereby 
promise to never lay any claim to any other or larger part of my 
said father's estate, but do hereby acknowledge myself and my 
heirs to be forever barred by these presents. In witness whereof, 
I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and year above 
Signed, sealed and Delivered, James Ballon (L, S) 

in presence of John Inman, 

Obadiah Ballou." 

It will be perceived that neither iii his Will or later Instru- 
ments is there any mention of Mrs. Susanna, the ^dfe and mother. 
She had prob. passed away during the year 1725, though the 
exact date has not been ascertained. Nor have we the precise 
death-date of James himself. We only know that it occurred 
soon after he had conclusively prepared for it by the settlement 
of his temporal affairs in 1741. So his mortal form rested, in a 
good old age, "wdth that of his beloved wife, near the ashes of his 
honored mother and sister, in his chosen burial place, already 
described. That unpretentious little cemetery holds undisturbed 
its sacred kindred relicts, and a i)ortion of the patriarchal home- 
stead, at the expiration of two centuries from its implantment, still 
remains the heritage of lineal descendants. 

James Ballon"' is shown, by all the indications of his record, to 
have been a man of superior abilities, enterprise, judgment and 
moral integrity. His opportunities for learning and political dis- 
tinction were comparatively small, but he made the best of such 
as fell to his lot. He was evidently well endowed by nature, an 
apt student in the homely school of practical experience, a sound 
judicial thinker, orderly in his methods of business, a prudent 
economist, and a noble exemplar of virtue in all the relations of 
life. Though a commoner among commoners, his characteristics 
were those of a natural prince. 



[4.] Peter Ballou', Maturin' ; b. in Providence, K. I., as sup. 

about tlie year 1054 ; m. Barbara ■, surname, ptg-e., birth-date, 

marriag-e-date, etc., yet unascertained. A deplorable lack of re- 
corded data oblig-es us to present a very imperfect specification in 
this case. Concerning the clin. of Peter and Barbara Ballou we 
are able to tabulate only the following- skeleton. — 

21—1. Peter, b. prob. 1696; drowned iu Blackstone river 1717, a. 21 ys. 

22 — 2. William, b. date iiuknowu; siip. to liave d. young. 

23 — 3. Jeremiali, b. " " m. Isabella Ross, Glocester. 

24—4. Barbara, b. " " m. Valentine Inman. 

25—5. Phebe, b. " " m. Ja,mes King, Jr., Dec. 10, 171'J. 

26 — 6. Jemima, b. " " m. David Spragiie. 

27—7. Martha, b. " " m. John King, Jr. 

Information has been anxiously and persistently sought for the 
facts of this family record, formerly by Mr. Peck, and latterly by 
the proprietors of this work, but with poor success. We have 
unquestionable authority for stating that Peter" settled in Lo- 
quasquissuck now Louisquiss^t as early as 1G85 or thereabouts, 
within a short distance from the homesteads of his elder bros., 
John and James ; that he subdiied for himself there a valuable 
farm ; that he lost his son Peter by drowning- in the Blackstone 
riA'er in 1717, at the age of twenty-one years, which g-reatly dis- 
heartened him fi-om prosecuting projected improvements in his 
lands ; that he soon after sold out his homestead to one Daniel 
Mann ; and that he subsequently settled on a farm a few miles 
distant, in territory that was afterwards included in Scituate, B. I., 
where he lived and died. There is some doubt whether we have 
all his chu. in the above list, but prob. all that survived early 
infancy. It is also uncertain whether we have numbered those 
given in the exact order of birth ; wdiich, however, was imavoida- 
ble in the absence of records. 

By diligent research and inquiry Mr. Peck obtained much inter- 
esting biographical information concerning Peter and Barbara 
Ballou ; though on many points less than was desirable, especially 
with reference to their clin. AVhat was obtained deserves preser- 
A^ation, and is therefore inscribed on these pages. Besides impor- 
tant documents found on record, Mr. P. had the good fortune to 
confer with the Hon. Judge Thomas Mann, then living- at the ven- 
erable age of 83, who had inherited fi'oni his ancestors the very 
premises originally cleared up and occujiied hy Peter\ Judge 
Mann was well posted by tradition, as w^ell as documentary knoAvl- 
edge, in the early history of the old settler. It had been told him 

mS SAD BE RE A VEMENT, cfv. 27 

that Peter BaUdn' came to Louisquisset not far from 1(585, per- 
haps earher, about the same time that his elder bros. did, and 
took up a promising" tract of the native wilderness, which had 
fallen to him in his di^dsiou of inheritance from his father and 
maternal grandfather. He was an enterprising- and executive hus- 
bandman, and soon commanded a respectable homestead, which 
he was enlarging and improving from year to year. It had val- 
uable spots of open meadow, created by the ancient beavers, then, 
like similar meadows all over New England, extremely productive 
of nutritious grasses. He was ambitious to increase this kind of 
production, and planned the erection of a dam in the neig-hbor- 
hood for overflowing and subduing a larg-e area of brushy swamp, 
fi'om which he anticipated much profit to himSelf and friends. 
Its remains are still known in the vicinity as " Peters Dam," &c. 
Before it could be finished an overwhelming lilow of bereavement 
suddenly paralyzed the ambition of the projector. Peter Ballou, 
Jr., his promising son, just ripening into manhood, was drowned 
in the Blackstone river while bathing. The family was crushed 
with grief, but especially the father, who had been building high 
hopes on his son's temporal future. His darling plans were i3ros- 
trated, as Avell as his parental affections pierced by the deadly 
arrow. This was in 1717. He was so heartsick and lonesome, 
that he could not go on with his agricultural improvements, and 
soon resolved on selling out his property and seeking a new home. 
He did so. 

He found a purchaser in his neighbor, Daniel Mann, to whom 
he deeded his homestead, buildings and lands, in all 80 acres — 
reserving only one square rod where he had buried the mortal 
form of his beloved son. The consideration was " the sum of two 
hundred and fifty pounds current money of New England," and 
the instrument of conveyance bore date April 7, A. D. 1718. 'See 
Providence Records B. 3, p. 136. 

Daniel Mann had a brother John, with whom he exchanged 
farms, and who thus became the owner of the Peter Ballou real 
estate. That John was the grandfather of Judge Thomas Mann. 
There the said John, his son, and Judge Mann all lived and died. 
It subsequently descended into the possession of Stafford Mann, 
Esq., one of the Judge's sons, and a gt. gd. son of John. The 
Manns have always sacredly res^iected the grave of Peter Ballou's 
lamented son, and consecrated sufficient additional land to make 
for themselves a reputable family cemetery, weU enclosed by a 


snlistantial stone and iron fence. Let the Ballous appreciate tlieir 
honorable conduct. 

It seems that Peter' had ah-eady bargained for a new home in 
the then ontlands of Providence, several miles southwest of his 
old one, oh territory afterwards incorporated as Scituate, R. I. 
This was the homestead of one Joseph Dalie, and contained with 
its appended right to common about 60 acres. It was situated 
entirely west of the famous " seven mile line," and the considera- 
tion paid the grantee was " the sum of three hundred and thirty 
six pounds current money of New England." The deed bore date 
the very next day aftcT the one to Daniel Mann, viz. April 8, A. D. 
1718. See Providence Deeds. 

We judge from what has come down to us that Peter enjoyed a 
tolerable degree of prosperity in Scituate, foimd his farm decently 
productive under good management, and prob. increased his prop- 
erty in real as weU as personal estate. A copy of his Inventory, 
which Mr. Peck procured fi'om Scituate Probate Records, shows 
an appraisal of 17 milch cows, 1 yoke of fat oxen, 1 yoke of work- 
ing oxen, 2 steers, 2 bulls, 1 mare, 9 calves, several SA\ine, with a 
general outfit of farming implements, chattels and productions to 
match — though a moderate sum of money ; amounting in personals 
to £317, 2s. 

When finding his death approaching, he made his Will, of which 
the following is a copy. — 

" In the name of God, Amen. The 24tli day of August Annoque 
Dom. one thousand seven hundred and thirty one. I Peter Bal- 
lon, of Scituate, in the County of Providence, in the Colony of 
Rhode Island : l^eing very sick and weak of body, but of perfect 
mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefor ; [omitting 

Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto Barbre, my beloved wife, 
one feather bed with all and singular the furniture thereunto be- 
longing, being that bed she uses to lodge on. And I also give 
unto my said wife three milch cows, and to be which of the cows 
she shall see cause to choose. I also give my said Avife one chest 
and one box. I also give my said wife one ewe and one lamb, to 
be taken out of my sheep. I also give my said wife one pair of 
worsted combs, and a warming pan, and a great chair. I also 
give my said wife two basons, two dishes, two trenchers, and two 
spoons. My will also is that my said wife shall have the use of 
which of the five rooms she shall (dioose in my dwelling house 


during- the term of her natural Hfe. I also give my said wife one 
pewter beaker ; and my will is that my said "wife shall have all the 
aforesaid movable things free and clear to dispose of as she shall 
see cause. 

Item, I give unto my beloved son, Jeremiah Ballou, all and 
singular my lands and rights of land whatsoever and wheresoever 
the same may lie or be, together with all the buildings, orchards 
and edifices thereto belonging-, to have and to hold, to him the 
said Jeremiah Ballou, his heirs and assig-ns for ever. I also give 
to my said son, Jeremiah Ballou, one yoke of oxen, one mare, one 
cow and calf, and one feather bed and bedding-. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my two grand daug-hters, Phebe 
and Jerusia King, five pounds apiece, to be paid to them by my 
executor herein after named ; and the reason why I give my said 
grand daughters no more is because I have already given their 
.mother, Phebe King- deceased, what portion I intended for her. 

Item, I g-ive and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Ballou two 
milch cows, and one feather bed and bed clothes thereunto belong-- 
ing, and one chest, and one mare, and two colts. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my four children, Jeremiah 
Ballou, Barbaric Inman, Jemima Si)rague and Martha Ballou, all 
the remainder of my movable estate not herein before disposed of, 
after my debts are paid, to be equally divided amongst them. 

Item, My wiU fui-ther is, that my said son Jeremiah Ballou shall 
provide for my wife, his mother, a sufficient and suitable looking 
after and maintenance during- the full term of her natural life. 

Item, I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my son Jere- 
miah Ballou to be my sole executor of this my last wdll and testa- 
ment, and do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and 
every other and former testament wills, legacies, bequests and 
Executors by me in any -\\ise before named, willed or bequeathed, 
— Ratifying and Confirming this, and no other, to be my last will 
and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 
day and year first above written. 

The mark of Peter Ballou (L S.) 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared, by the said 
Peter Ballou, as his last will and testament, in the x^resence of us 
the subscribers — 

David Sprague, John King, Jr., Stephen Hopkins. 
The wordy formalities of these ohl fashioned Instruments are a 


little tedious ; but we deemed this Will worth copyiug- almost en- 
tire, because it not only gives modern curiosity an insight to the 
frugal simplicity and domestic economy of a well-to-do progenitor 
one hundred and fifty years ago, but also affords helpful indica- 
tions, otherwise wanting, respecting the family records of his clin. 
and grand clin. He died eight days after the date of his Will, viz. 
Sept. 1, 1731, a. about 77 yrs. Mrs. Barbara survived him between 
eig-lit and nine years. Hhe also made a AVill, which has been 
found on record in Scituate, R. I. It is valuable for similar rea- 
sons to those of her husband. It is brief, and we copy it. 

" In the name of God, Amen. The fifteenth day of February, in 
the year of our Lord 1740. I Barbary Belleau, of Scituate, in the 
County of Providence, in New England, being verj^ weak of body 
and in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God there- 
for : calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing 
that it is appointed for all men once to die ; I do make and ordain 
this my last Will and Testament ; that is to say, principally and 
first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God 
that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried 
decently at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting. I 
do make and appoint my beloved sou, Jeremiah Belleau, to be my 
sole Executor. 

Item, I give and dispose of my remaining cloths to Barbary In- 
man, and Phebe King's Two Daughters, and Jemima Sprague's 
three daughters, and Martha King's tAvo daughters, each an equal 
share of my wearing cloths. 

Item, I give unto Jeremiah Balleau, my well beloved son, my 
bed, bedstead and coverlid, and under bed, and my chest, and my 
great chair, and my pot, and warming pan, and my box. And 
what there is remaining is to be equall divided between Barbary 
Inman and my motherless grand children. 

Barbary X Ballon. 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared before us to 
be her last will and testament. 

David Sprague, John Sprague, his mark 2, Priscilla X Harding. 

This Will was presented, by the Executor, for probate March 7, 
1739-40 ; which shows the death of the testatrix to have taken 
l^lace probably within a fortnight after she subscribed her mark to 
the Instrument. We have not found her exact death-date. As to 


the Will itself, the draftsman, whoever he may have been, ap- 
pears to have followed his own fancy in spelling- our surname 
" Belleau," and in complimenting Jeremiah as his mother's " well 
beloved son," l)ut giving no heloiiedness at all to the daughters and 
grand daughters. These, however, are trifles. But it is of some 
genealogical importance to learn that during the preceding eight 
years, subsequent to the death of Peter", their daughter Jemima 
Sprague had died, leaving three daughters, and that Martha Bal- 
lon had married, died and left two daughters. Truly Mrs. Bar- 
bara's Avidowhood had been eventful with sorrows. 

Here we conclude what lielongs exclusively to the Second and 
Third Generations of our Ballous. The reader will carefully ob- 
serve our method of designating Generations. Thus the First and 
Second (jreneratio/is include Parents of the First and their Children 
of the Second. Then the Second and Third Generations include 
Parents of the Second and their Children of the Third. And so 
on in regidar succession. 


Third and Fourth Generations. 

[8]. John Ballou', John', Maturin' ; b. Providence, E. I., Aug. 
26, 1683 ; m. Naomi Inman\ John% Edward', Feb. 5, 1713-14, 
by Samuel Wilkinson, J. P. Issue. — 

28 — 1. Joliii, 1). elate not foiiuil ; m. Elizabeth Phillips. 

39—2. Al)rahani, b. ; m. Mary Sayles May 3, 1739. 

30 — 3. David, b. ; d. sup. um. 

31 — 4. Mary, b. ; m. Joseph Lapham Apl. 1, 1734. 

32 — 5. Sarah, b. ; m. Daniel Sprague 1730. 

33 — 6. Tabitha, b. ; m. Manasseh Kemi)ton. 

34—7. Peter, b. ; m. AVid. Alice Mowry. 

These clin. are presumed to have been b. in Louisquisset, but 
all research to ascertain their birth-dates has been bafiled. The 
mge.-date of the parents afl'ords us a basis of conjecture, but the 
reader is left to make his own at discretion. Mrs. Naomi was a 
grand dr. of Edward Inman, one of the eminent Colonial Provi- 
dence Plantationists. John Ballon' was a large inheritor of his 
father's lands, and resided near his uncle James'. His habitation 
was closely adjacent to what, in our later times, has been known 
as the " old Streeter house," about a mile northward from Lime 
Eock, on the Woonsocket road. The Streeter house was built for 
John's sou, Peter', and was rebuilt after the modern fashion in 
1861. He disposed of his real estate variously, partly by sale, and 


partly l)y gift to his children. To his sou, Johii\ he gave the 
westerly portion of his farm, V)etween 50 and 100 acres — the gift- 
deed dated Jan. 26, 1738-9; Old Smithlield Kecords B. 1, p. 184. 
To his son, Peter\ he gave one-half of his homestead Aug. 6, 1744 ; 
lb. B. 2, p. 290." He endowed his son, Abraham', with lands in 
Glocester, where he settled. He seems to have been a man of 
respectalile abilities, held several minor offices, and represented 
Smithlield as deputy to the General Assembly in 1739. His con- 
troversy with his uncle James has been already mentioned — not 
much to his credit perhaps, however excusable his intentions. 
Comparative^ few particulars of his life have come down to us. 
His Will is dated Ai^l. 19, 1755 ; in wdiicli he gave his son, Peter', 
the remaining half of his homestead, and distributed his personal 
estate among his elm. ; lb. B. 1, p. 468. He d. Dec. 7, 1765, a. 82 
yrs. 4 mos. and 12 ds. His wife's death-date has not been ascer- 

[9]. Maturin Ballou", John", Maturin' ; b. Providence, K. I., 
prob. about 1685 ; m. 1st, as supposed, Sarali Arnold, though what 
little data we have is imperfect and obscure. Issue. — 

35 — 1. Elce or Alcy, b. date not foiiud ; ni. 1st David Arnold, 2d E. Sayles. 

Mrs. Sarah had no more clin. She d. at an unascertained date ; 
and Maturin' m. 2d Mercy Cooper, ptge., birth-date, &c. not found ; 
cer. Feb. 28, 1759, by Stephen Sly, J. P. Issue.— 

36—2. William, h. Smithlield, 1759 ; m. Mary Buckliu. 
37 — 3. Maturin, b. Sniitlitield, 17(30 ; m. Barbara Bucklin. 

Maturin' selected his home in the then partial wilderness about 
one mile west from 'Valley Falls, in Smithlield, on a sightly swell 
of land, near an admirable spring of water. There he extempor- 
ized his log cabin, felled the forest, and cleared up a valuable 
farm. In process of time he erected an ample framed house, 
whose huge oaken beams may still be seen in a portion of the 
renovated mansion. The site is plainly visible from the Provi- 
dence & Worcester R. Boad in approaching Valley Falls fi'om the 
northwest. He is reported to have been a very industrious, up- 
right, benevolent and pious man. How long he lived with his 
first wife we have no information. But if he was b. in 1685, as we 
have supposed, he must have been over 70 yrs. old at his mge. to 

* These old Sraitliticld Records may be found in the custody of the Town Clerk of Lincoln, one 
of the new towns into which original Smithlield was subdivided in 1871. 


Mercy Cooper 1759, and she a comparatively yomig- woman. After 
she had given birth to her son Wilham, and was prospectively the 
mother of another child, it seems that Matnrin fell dangerously 
sick, and deemed it prudent to make his Will. This is an inter- 
esting and valuable genealogical document, which it seems very 
proper to copy. It is as follows. — 

" In the name of God, amen. I Matnrin Belloue, of Smithtield, 
in the County of Providence, and Colony of Khode Island, Yeo- 
man ; being sick and weak of liody, but in perfect mind and mem- 
ory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of Time in this Life, Do 
make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and 
form as follows, viz. Principally and first of all, I recommend my 
soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be decently 
Interred at the Discretion of my Executor hereinafter named. 
And all the worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with 
in this Life I give and Dispose of as follows. — 

Imprimis. My will is that all my just Debts and funeral Expen- 
ses he paid by my Executor, out of my movable Estate. 

Item. I g-ive unto Sarah Belloue, Daughter of my brother Peter 
Deceased, one good cow out of my movables. 

Item. I give unto my weU beloved wife, Mercy belloue, the Im- 
jirovement and profits of all my Estate, l)oth Keal and personal 
not yet Disposed of, to bring up my child or children if she shoidd 
have any more within the space of nine mouths first after my De- 
cease ; and in case she should have a son within the time above- 
said, then he should have a pai-t of my real Estate hereafter men- 
tioned ; but if a daughter, then to have the sum of three hundred 
pounds old tenor, or movables equivalent. 

Item. I give to my beloved son William Belloue my real estate 
to the westward of the Dam that Turns the brook near Eleazer 
Bro^^^l's Land, so to range southerly to the spring where Atermy 
Finch fetches water from. 

Item. I give to my other son, if my said wife should have one 
within the time aforesaid, all my land or Real Estate to the East- 
ward of the Dam and spring aforesaid ; but in case she should 
have none, the whole of all my Pi-eal Estate to be and remain to 
my said son William belloue ; but in case my child or children 
abovesaid should Die before they Arrive to Lawful age, and with- 
out Legitimate issue, that and then my sd. Estate to be Disposed 
of ill the following manner, viz. — 

Item, I give to the heirs of Susannah Belloue, wife of Samuel 


Belloue, the one half of all the Estate whatsoever that her mother's 
sister my wife Sarah brought to me ; and the other half of sd. es- 
tate to Patience brown widow. [Here the meaning- is thrown into 
confusion by the word "sister." Whether the draftsman of the 
Will was in fault, or the Probate recorder, or our copyist, we know 
not. But we venture to guess that the orig-inal word, now stand- 
ing- as slstet', was first, or former wife. We therefore assume the 
meaning to have been, that the testator's former wife, Sarah, Was 
widow Sarah Arnold, the mother of his cousin Samuel Ballou's 

Item. I give to Mary Lapham and Sarah Sprague, Daughters 
of my l)rotlier John lielloue, and Tabitha Cempton [Kempton], 
grand daughter of my sd. brother John belleau by his Daughter 
Tabatha, the sum of thirty pounds apeace in bills of public credit 
Old Tenor. 

Item. I give to Sarah Belloue, Daughter of my aforesaid 
brother Peter Deceased, all the remainder of my personal Estate 

Item. My will is that all my Ileal Estate whatsoever, if need 
be, be sold and conveyed by my said Executor to the best advan- 
tage, still giving the first offer of purchasing- the same to such of 
my cousins. Legatees hereafter named, as are able and willing to 
purchase ; and that the money arising by said sale be Divided into 
eighteen Equal j^ai-ts or shares, which I give or distril)ute as fol- 
lows, viz. — 

Item. I give to Maturin Belloue, son of my sd. brother Peter 
belleu, Two of the aforesaid shares forever. 

Item. I give to matturein Albrough, son of my sister Abigail 
albrough Deceased, Two other of said shares. 

Item. I give the remaining foui-teen shares to the other Nine 
Children of my said Deceased brother, Peter belleaue, and to the 
other four children of my sd. sister Abigail All)rougli, and to my 
Grand Daughter Lydfa brown, wife of capt. Christopher brown, 
To Each of them one full share forever. 

Item, my will is, that if any of the Last mentioned sixteen 
Legatees shall Die l)efore they arrive to Lawful age, mtliout Le- 
gitimate Issue, that the parts or shares of the Deceased be Equally 
Divided among the survivors of the same stock or family. 

Item. I constitute, ordain and appoint my friend Christopher 
brown, of Smithfield aforesaid, sole Executor of this my Last will 
and Testament ; and I do herel)y utterly revoke, Disannul and 
Disallow aU former and other wills, Testaments, Legacies and De- 


vice liy me heretofore made, g-iven or Devised ; Ratifying- and 
Confirmiuo- tliis, and no other, as my Last will and Testament. 

In witness and full contirmation hereof, I have set my hand and 
seal this third Day of April, in the Thirty Third year of his nia- 
jestie's Reign, George the second. King- of Great Britain etc ; 
Anno Domini ITGO. 

Signed, sealed, pnblished, proclaimed and Delivered by the 
said Maturin belloue as his last Will and Testament, 
In the presence of us, 

John Power, ^'^ 

Samuel Tucker, Maturaen ^ Beloue 

Benjamin Arnold. mark. 

This Will was duly proved by the Town Council of old Smith- 
field, at a session held May 19, 1760. It is recorded in B. I., p. 
329. And Mr. Peck made a note, over twenty years ag"o, at the 
foot of his copy, that the original was then in the possession of 
a widow Ballon resident on the ancient homestead. I have had 
no convenient opportunity to examine either the original docu- 
ment or the Probate Record of it. If I had made such an exam- 
ination, ])erliaps I could have cleared up some of its obscure 
phraseolog-y, and precluded the necessity of my explanation con- 
cerning his wife Sarah. Whatever exceptions may justly be taken 
to its orthography and style, it evinces that the testator had a 
good memory and kind consideration of his kindred, as also a 
careful ingenuity in providing for possible contingencies. The 
child he anticii^ated proved to be a son, received his name, Ma- 
turin, and inherited his real estate jointly with his elder brother 
William. So the contingent distriljution of it among the sixteen 
prospective legatees was foreclosed. But it is none the less liel})- 
ful to genealogical research by its numerous specitications of 
relationship. Maturin' d. May 7, 1760. Mrs. Mercy, his widow, 
subsequently m. Jeremiah Bucklin, and with him dwelt on the 
farm till her two sons became of age. 

[10.] Peter Ballou', John', Maturin' ; b. in Providence, R. I., 
Aug. 1, 1689 ; m. lieljeeca Kden, dr. of Henry and Sarah Esten, b. 
in Providence May 9, 1695 ; cer. May 13, 1714, by R. Waterman, 
J. P. The maiden surname of the bride has been found variously 
written in the old '^e.coYihf^" JivManee, Ashton, Asten and Eden. 
The last seems to be the true one, or far the most preferable. 
Issue. — 


38— 1. Relieoea, b. Aug. 26, 1715; m. William Spragne Apl. 10, 1738. 

39— 3. Sarah, b. Aug. 30, '17; m. Rieliard Angell, Jan. 35, 17G7. 
40—3. Hannah) . b. Ang. 19, '30; m. Ebenezer Bncklin. 
41—4. Mary j ^'^'i"""' b. " " " m. Olney. 

42— 5. Maturin Eev., b. Oct. 30, '23; m. 1st Lydia Hai-ris; 3d Lydia Bliss. 

43— 6. Abigail, b. Mar. 30, '25; m. Henry Finch. 

44— 7. Amt\y, b. Sept. 5, '27; m. Jencks. 

45— 8. Elizabeth, b. Jnly 15, '30; prob. d. in infancj'. 

40 — 9. Hopestill, b. not fonnd; m. Sqnire Bncklin. 

47—10. Peter, b. '37; m. Elce Bncklin. 

48—11. Mercy, b. not fonnd; m. Elijah Bncklin. 

Peter Ballon' settled on what was afterwards called " Stum]i 
Hill," near a stream known as " Observation Brook," since fnr- 
nisliing water power to " Olney 's Factory," in now Lincoln, R. I., 
formerly Smitlifield, and originally Providence. It will interest 
many readers to nuderstand that he was the g-randfather of onr 
celebrated Eev. Hosea Ballon. We have, however, bnt little 
biographical material wherewith to illustrate his character, worth, 
or fame. General tradition reports him to have been a very con- 
scientious and morally exemplary man. We see what a large 
family he and his companion reared up in their then frontier 
home, and can easily imagine that their lot in life was one of 
pioneer toil and hard earned competence. He was a cooper by 
trade, and probably throve all the better as farmer by his me- 
chanical profits. His homestead joined that of his brother Ma- 
turin' toward the north. The principal memorial he left us is 
his Will, which may be found on Providence Records, B. I., p. 
145, and is as follows. — 

" In the name of God, Amen ; the eighteenth day of April, in 
the year of our Lord 1754. I, Peter Ballon, of Smitlifield, in the 
county of Providence, in the colony of Rhode Island and Provi- 
dence Plantations, in New England, cooper ; now calling to mind 
the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for 
men once to Die — do make and ordain this my last will and testa- 
ment ; that is to say, Principally first of all I give and Recom- 
mend my soul into the hands of God who gave it, hoping, through 
the merits. Death and passion of my Savior Jesus Christ, to have 
full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit 
Everlasting Life; and my body I commit to the earth, to be 
Deacently buried at the Discretion of my Executor hereinafter 
named — nothing doubting that at the General Resurrection I 
shall receive the same again l)y the mighty jiower of God ; and 


as toiicliing- such worldly Estate Avliereof it liaili pleased God to 
bless me in this Life ; I Give, devise aud dispose of the same in 
the following manner and form ; that is to say, first I will that 
those Debts and duties I do owe in Eight or concieuce to any 
manner of person or persons whatever shall be well and truly 
contented and paid, or ordered to be paid in convenient time 
after my Decease, by my Executor hereafter named. 

Item. I give to my Eldest son, Maturean Ballon, twenty acres 
of Land, to be laid off to him, his heirs and Assigns, the said 
Maturean Ballon, to be Laid to him off' the South side of my 
farm, joining to my brother Maturean Ballou, southerly and east- 
erly to William Brown, and westerly with Obadiah Olney, the 
twenty Acres I mortgaged to the colony and took out money for 
him, and gave it to him, and he gave me an indemnifying bond 
to keep me harmless from the colony ; that is to say, he paying 
the gold and principle to said colony. 

Iteiii. I give to my loving wife all my movable estate, whom I 
likewise make my executor. 

Item. I give to my youngest son, Peter Ballou, all the rest of 
my homestead farm, singular my lands, messuages and tenna- 
ments, by him fi"eely to be possessed and enjoyed. I do here 
make my Loving wife, Bebecca Ballou, and ordain her my only 
sole executo]- of this my Last will and testament, and all the 
profits of said farm untill my son Peter Doth come to the age of 
one aud twenty, and then to have one half the profits of the said 
farm while she continueth my widow, or untill her natural Death, 
which ever shall happen first. 

Item. I give to Rebecca Sprague ten shillings, to be in some 
convenient time paid to her. 

Item. I give to my dafter Sarah Ballou ten pounds, and a 
privilege in my house while she Livetli Single. 

Item. I give to my dafter Mar}^ Olney ten shillings. 

Item. I give to my dafter Hannah Bucklin twenty shillings. 

Item. I give to Olney Jencks five pounds. 

Item. I give to Abigail Finch five pounds. 

Item. I give to my dafter Hope Bucklin five pounds. 

Item. I give to my dafter Marcy Ballou twenty pounds. 

I ordain my loving wife to be my sole executor of this my last 
will and testament, and do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoke and 
Disannul all and every other former testaments, wills and Lega- 
cies, bequests and Executors by me in any way before this time 
made, willed and bequeathed ; ratifying and confirming this, and 


no other, to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof 
I have hereunto set my hand and seal the year and day above 
written. Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and Declared, 
by the said Peter Ballon as his last will and Testament, in the 
presence of us the subscribers, 

viz. Nicholas; Camp, Peter Ballon. [L. S.] 

Maturean Ballon, 

Samuel Tucker. 

This Will was proved at a Town Council in Smithfield June 17, 
1754. The record says.— " The said Peter BaUou, cooper, de- 
parted this life y"= 9th day of May 1754." Mr. Peck says.—" His 
gravestone I found in the North Burying Ground at Providence, 
nearly covered by underbrush, and the letters much obscured." 

We learn incidentally fi'om this document, besides its funda- 
mental facts, that his daughter Elizabeth was not living, l)eing 
unmentioned ; that his dr. Sarah was living in maidenhood ; that 
his youngest dr. Mercy was living in early youth ; and that prob- 
ably his dr. Amey had been some time deceased. Whether the 
Olney Jencks mentioned was the son of Amey, or her husband, 
is left uuindicated. We may infer from her being made sole 
executor, that Mrs. Kebecca, the wife and mother, was a capable, 
judicious, trustworthy woman. It seems that Peter' was desig- 
nated on Providence Records as Peter, Jr., simply, we suppose, 
to distinguish him from his uncle Peter. His widow survived 
him till Feb. 13, 1787, almost 33 yrs.— aged 93 yrs. 9 nios. and 4 ds. 
They were obviously people of fjubstance, respectabiUty and in- 
fluence among their contemporaries. 

[ll.J Sarah Ballou', John', Maturin' ; b. in Providence, R. L, 
at a date not ascertained, prob. 1692 or later. We thought at first 
that we had found some trace of this Sarah Ballou ; but at length 
ascertained that we had applied to her certain facts which be- 
longed to the life of her niece, Sarah Ballon', dr. of Peter'. We 
are now satisfied that we have no reliable trace of Sarah", and 
must conclude that she d. at some age unmarried, if not in early 

[12.] Hannah Ballou', John', Maturin', has left no trace of her 
birth, Hfe or death. It is prob. she d." in early infancy. ^*^' 

1 13. 1 Abigail Ballou', John% Maturin '; b. in Providence, 
R. I., birth-date not found, perhaps about 1G95 ; m. Jo/i/t A/- 


hroKijli, Jr., son of John and Mary (Stokes) Albronghj b. Aug. 
23, 1094 — as witnessed by the I'ollowmg- certificate. — 

" These are to certify all persons whom they may or shall con- 
cern — that John Albro', Jnn''. k Abigail Billoo were lawfully 
joined together in marriage, at the house of John Vaughn in 
Portsmouth, the seventh day of y" fourth month called June 1713 
within this his majtie's colony of R. I. &c. per me 

George Cornell, Assistant. 
A true copy of the original Kecorded, per me, 

Wm. Sanford, Tovm Clerk. 

Issue, b. and recorded in Portsmouth, R. I. — 


John Al 


, h. 

June 7, 1714; 

50 2. 



Oct. 10, '16; 




Feb. 6, '18 ; 




Jiuie 4, '21 ; 




Feb. 24, '23; d. Apl. 28, 1728, 




Mar. 19, '27-8. 

See First Book of Marriages Portsmouth, R. I., p. 233, and 
other records. The Albroughs appear to have been people of 
enterprise and good social standing among the colonial pioneers 
of R. I. ; but our information is very limited concerning them, 
and whether we shall be able to trace their descent further, or 
add anything to the above, is uncertain. As yet we have not the 
death-dates of the parents nor any family records of their de- 

[14.] James Ballou^ James", Maturin' ; b. in then Providence, 
R. I., afterwards Smithfield, and now Lincoln, Nov. 1, 1684; m. 
t ^(ifherine Arnold, dau. of Elisha and Susanna (Carpenter) Ai'nold, 
b. Feb. 28, 1690 ; cer. in Providence Jan. 25, 1713, by Samuel AVil- 
kinson, J. P. Issue — all b. in then Wrentham, Mass., later Cum- 
berland, R. I. — 

55—1. Sarali, b. Nov. 15, 1713; m. Uriah Jillson about 1733 or 34. 

56—2. Ariel, b. Nov. 18, '15 ; m. Jerusha Slack about 1740. 

57—3. Bathsheba, b. Nov. 26, '17 ; m. 1st Michael Keith, 2d Elisha Newell. 

58—4. Martha, b. Oct. 6, '20 ; m. Eld. Nathaniel Cook Jan. 27, 1742. 

59 — 5. James, b. Dec. 10, '23; m. Tamasin Cook June 7, 1744. 

60—6. Elisha, b. Nov. 15, '26 ; m. Hephzibah Thayer Nov. 30, 1748. 

61—7. Priscilla, b. Nov. 6. '31 ; m. William Cook 1753. 

James Ballon", as we have seen, was the eldest son of James", 
and the senior brother of the three patriarchs that crossed the 


Blackstone river from tlieir Providence home, afterwards Smitli- 
iield, into the forest territory that liecame Cumberland, R. I. He 
was great grandfather to the writer of this vohinie. From him 
and his next younger brothers, Nathaniel and Obadiah, the whole 
tribe of Cumberland Ballous sprang. They are now scattered far 
and wide — in all a numerous host. Our three patriarchs settled 
near each other, and gave name to the " Ballon Neighborhood," 
their principal associates being the Cooks. We have already 
stated that James Ballon" was endowed by his father, Apl. 1713, 
with some 72 acres of land in what was then the southwesterly 
corner of Wrentham and Dedham, but afterwards the northerly 
part of Cumberland, R. I. It seems that James Ballon^ had just 
been m. to Catherine Arnold, and it is presumed that they com- 
menced housekeeping that very spring in a newly built log-house 
on the premises. Neither record nor tradition favors our curiosity 
with precise particulars on this point. We know that the whole 
general region was then in its almost wilderness state. Yet it is 
not iniprobal)le that settlement had been anticipated, some clear- 
ings made, and perhaps the primitive habitation erected during 
the preceding year. At least the Iron Rock meadow was open 
ground, and ready for the scythe in mowing season. It was al)out 
one fourth of a mile east of that meadow's eastern edge that the 
first rude domicile was located. The homestead there was first 
known as the James Ballon place, then as the Elder Abner Ballon 
estate, then as the Esq. Abner Ballon farm, then as Dea. Abner 
Ballou's patrimony. James^ gave it to James', who sold it to Eld. 
Abner, who willed it to his son, Abner, Esq., from whom it descen- 
ded to his son, Dea. Aimer, who finally sold it out of the family 
name. It is closely adjacent to the ancient " Ballon Meeting 
House," and the site occupied by that historic structure was once 
a fraction of the original possession. There James^ multiplied his 
progeny, subdued the forest, soon superseded his log-cabin with a 
framed house, took up new tracts in virtue of his right to common 
land, and expanded his domain by successive purchases. Mean- 
time his brothers, Nathaniel and Obadiah, near him, were prosper- 
ing, whilst congenial neighbors were establishing homes at no 
great distance around him. Baptist religion, of the Roger Wil- 
liams type, took early root in the vicinage, and was devotedly fos- 
tered by the Ballous, Cooks, and other infiuential settlers. Reli- 
able historic authorities, recently examined, seem to show that a 
Baptist Church was organized in 1732 ; and it is believed that 
James, Natlianiel and Obadiah Ballon, with their wives and adult 


children, were among- the original members. . With them were 
joined Josiali, Nathaniel and Daniel Cook and their wives ; also 
a few other of the pioneer settlers. Those Cooks were descend- 
ants of Walter, one of the first proprietors of Mendon, Mass., 
through his son Nicholas Cook. Josiah and Daniel were sons of 
that Nicholas, and Nathaniel was his grandson: i. e., the son 
of Nicholas Cook, Jr.", of Bellingham, the first Baptist Deacon 
in that town. The Cooks now under notice were settled at 
first in South Bellingham and South West Wrentham ; but none 
of them dwelt more than two miles from the new church centre. 
Josiah Cook was the first Elder and Pastor of the church, but 
during 1752 his nephew, Nathaniel, was invested with the same 
offices, as colleague or associate Pastor. 

Between 1740 and 1749, probably as late as 1745, or even later, 
(the precise date has not been ascertained), the church and assist- 
ing friends built, Avitli a sturdy frame and homely finish, the edi- 
fice, still standing, after many rejiairs, and widely known as the 
"Elder Ballon Meeting House." It was first called the "Elder 
Cook Meeting House," from the two Elder Cooks above men- 
tioned ; but later, by reason of Elder Abner Ballou's long pas- 
torate, it took his name. It stands near the eastern verge of Iron 
Rock Meadow, a short distance north of the famous Iron Bock 
HiU ; having in front of it, on the northern slope of said HiU, the 
ancient Burial Ground, set apart and reserved as such by Obadiah 
Ballon'. On the 22d of March, 1749, James Ballon' donated the 
'hallowed little site on which the sanctuary had already been erec- 
ted, as from the following extract plainly apjDears : — 

" I James Ballon, of Cumberland, in the County of Providence, 
in the Colony of Bliode Island, in New England, Yeoman, — for 
and in consideration of a Meeting House, by my leave and con- 
sent already erected and built for the worship of God, by Elder 
Josiali Cook and several others of our brethren Avith him, and to- 
gether with myself and some other well-wishers to us, the worship 
of God, and our order and discipline ; Therefore I have g-iven, 
granted, aliened, conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents 
do for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators absolutely 
give, grant, aliene, convey and confirm unto him, the said Elder 
Cook, of Cumberland aforesaid, and to his brethren in fellowship 
and unity with him — Baptists by profession, called the Separate 
Bajitists, who hold the worship of God according and agreeable 
to what is treated on and set forth for doctrine in the Sixth Chap- 


ter of the Hebrews, called the Six Principles &c." Parcel of land 
donated by this instrument about " one fourth of an acre." See 
Cumberland, R. I., Records, B. IL, ]^]^. 121, 122. 

James' was now ripening- into old ag-e. He had stamped the 
impress of diligent toil on his patrimony, greatly enlarged it, 
raised up and married off a considerable family of elm., won him- 
self a good reputation by many virtues, and deemed it prudent to 
arrange his temporal affairs for the great change approaching. 
Under date of October 28, 174G, he had deeded, by gift, to his 
eldest son, Ariel, ninety acres of land, comprising the most north- 
erly section of his estate. Under date of March 18, 1749, he 
deeded, by gift, to his son James a considerable portion of his 
home farm, taking back for himself and wife a life-lease of the 
same. Of like date, and on like terms, he deeded to his son 
Elisha ninety acres of the easterly portion of his estate. His 
AVill was made Jan. 3, 1764. It purports that he was "old and 
very weak in body, and full of infirmity, but of perfect mind and 
memory" — follows the usual form of his times — specifies that he 
had given his real estate to his three sons, as above stated — and 
then proceeds. — "What I have in personal estate, after my just 
debts and funeral charges are paid, I give and dispose of — in the 
following manner and form. — 

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my son James Ballou, whom 
I likewise constitute and ordain, with my dear wife Katherine, to 
to be my sole executors of this my last will and testament, all my 
stock in a certain mare, oxen, cows, sheep and husbandry tools, 
notes, bonds, books, debts and money, excepting the following 
legacies, — that is, in money for to pay my debts and funeral 
charges — said James keeping- two cows for my widow aforesaid 
yearly the term of her natural life, for her use and support during 
the same. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Ariel all my wearing- 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Elisha seven Spanish 
milled dollars, now ah'eady in his hands. 

Item. I give and bequeath Unto my beloved wife Katherine 
aforesaid all my household movables, of what name or nature 
soever; that is in goods and household furniture, to be in her 
hands for her use the term of her natural life — and when she is 
deceased to be equally divided among her four daughters, namely 
Sarah, Bathsheba, Martha and Priscilla, or their heirs," 


The Instrument closes witli tlie usual annulment and disallow- 
ance of all former wills, kc. It was witnessed by Stei)lien Ballon, 
Daniel Cook, Jr., and Abner Cook. He d. Feb. 10, 1764, being- at 
the age of 79 yi-s. 3 mos. and 9 ds. Mrs. Catherine, who appears 
to have been a truly worthy woman, wife and mother, d. (date not 

[15]. Nathaniel Ballou'. James", Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, R. I., Apl. 9, 1087 ; m. Manj Lovett, dr. of James Lovett in 
the vicinity of Pawtucket in 1096; cer. Dec. 7, 1710, by Samuel 
AVilkinson, J. P. Issue — all b. in then Wrentham, Mass., after- 
wards Cumberland, R. I. — 

62-1. Hannali, b. Dec. 1, 1717; m. David Cook Feb. 3, 1743. 

63—2. Rutli, b. Jan. 3, '20; m. Stephen Brown Dec. 11, 1740. 

64—3. Amariah, b. Feb. 27, '22; m. 1st Keziali Cook, 2d Mary Gary. 

65 — 4. Noah, b. Aiig. 31, '28; m. 1st Abigail Razee, 2d Abigail Cook. 

66—5. Stephen, b. Mar. 18, '31; m. 1st Mehetabel Cook, 2d Anna Metcalf. 

67—6. Sarah, b. not found; m. Samuel Pickering Feb. 2, 1759. 

68—7. Mary, b. " " d. u. m. in advanced life. 

Nathaniel Ballou' settled immediately after marriage, prob. in 
the spring of 1717, on the tract of land given him by his father in 
1713. This tract (as may be seen in the paternal deed on Provi- 
dence Records, B. II. p 270) embraced sixty acres of land, lying 
eastward from that of James", one right to common lands in 
Wrentham, and one third of the Iron Rock Meadow — twelve to 
fourteen acres. The bulk of Nathaniel's farm lay somewhat 
northeasterly of the highland, whose apex was afterwards called 
" Beacon Pole Hill," from its use in the Revolutionary War as an 
alarm signal station. On the northerly slope of this highland, it 
is presumable that NathanieP had been preparing a rudimental 
home during the two or three years preceding his marriage. 
How much of a clearing he had made can only be guessed ; but 
we know the location of his log-cabin. It was called, for many 
years, the Jillson place, and is now occupied by Eliab T. Harris. 
The present dwelling house, which is understood to stand nearly 
on the original site, is about half a mile easterly of the "Ballou 
Meeting House," and one fourth of a mile, in the same direction, 
from the residence founded by James Ballon". There Nathaniel 
and Mary (Lovett) Ballou reared their seven children, enlarged 
their domain by new layings-out of common and by purchase, 
established a good moral character by exemplary lives, and finally 
closed their earthly career in the year 1747. • Nathaniel' was one 


of the first Town Council and Court of Probate, chosen by the 
citizens of Cumberland, E. I., after its incorporation iu 1746-7, 
and he held that office at his decease. He d. Jan. 11, 1747-8, in 
the 60th year of his age ; and Mrs. Mary, his Avidow, d. October 
14, 1747, in her 51st year. Their dust reposes in the ancient 
" Ballou Burial Ground," where their grave stones now commem- 
orate them. Nathaniel' d. intestate, and his son Amariah, who 
was appointed administrator Apl. 20, 1748, honorably settled his 
estate; being conscientiously careful to make his brothers just 
sharers with himself, 

[16.] Obadiah Ballou', James', Maturin' ; b. in then ProAi- 
dence, K. I., Sept. 6, 1689 ; m. 1st Damaris Bartlett, dr. of John 
and Sarah (Aldrich) Bartlett; cer. Jan. 5, 1717-18, by Samuel 
Wilkinson, J. P. Issue— all b. in then Wrentham, Mass., after- 
wards Cumberland, K. I. — 

69—1. Ezekiel, b. Jan. 5, 1718-19; m. Joanna Cook July 3, 1740. 

70—3. Susanna, b. Dec. 7, '39; m. Elislia Newell Dec. 36, 1738. 

71—3. Daniel, b. Dec. 37, '33; m. 1st Amey Brown, 2(1 Martha Buxton. 

72—4. Abner, Eev., b. Oct. 28, '25; m. Beulah Thayer Sei)t. 5, 1752. 

73_5. Anna, b. Dee. 20, '27; d. in maidenhood u. m. 

74_6. Obadiah, Jr., b. Sept. 29, '30; m. 1st Martha Smith, 3d Mary Ann 


75—7. Esther, b. Aug. 24, '33; m. James Wilson Aug. 29, 1754. 

76—8. Aaron, b. Mar. 2, '38; sup. to have d. young. 

Mrs. Damaris d. date not found ; and the husband m. 2d Jf/w. 
Savdh ( Whipple) Salishnnj, wid. of Jonathan Salisbury, and dr. 
of Israel Whipple', David', Capt. John', Cumberland, b. in said 
Cumberland Dec. 26, 1701 ; cer. Dec. 26, 1740, by William Arnold, 
J, P. Issue. — 

77— 9, Zerviah, b. in then Wrentham, Mass., Jan. 4, 1741-3; m. Simeon 
Thayer Dec. 3, 1761. 

78—10. Joseph, b. in then Wrentham, Mass., May 5, '43; m. Sarah Bart- 
lett, May 15, '66. 

7i)_ll, Benjamin, b. in Cumberland, E. I., July 11, '47; m. Sarah Whip- 
• pie, b. Feb. 7, 1749. 

The gift-deed to Obadiah Ballon' from his father James', al- 
ready referred to in connection with the deeds to his two brothers, 
James and Nathaniel, in 1713, is of substantially the same tenor, 
excepting that it conveyed fifteen acres less of upland. The right 
in common land and one third of Iron Kock Meadow are precisely 
the same. But Mr. Peck found another important deed from 


James" to his son Obadiali, in iiossessioii of Theodore P. BaHou 
of Utiea, N. Y., a gt. gd. son of Obadiah, not on record, which 
was undoubtedly designed by the father to make his third son's 
gift equal to those of his two elder brothers. This supplementary 
deed has no where been found on record. It conveyed ten acres, 
and included the famous Iron Eock Hill. We intended at first 
to copy it entire, but have felt obliged to exclude it on account 
of an unexpected overplus of indispensable matter threatening to 
SAvell our volume beyond reasonable size. 

We have already said that Iron Rock Hill is a natural curiosity ; 
and here seems to be the proper place for a brief description of 
it. Its base cannot cover more than about five acres, and it is of 
oblong form, rising to a marked ridge of several hundred feet in 
length from north to south, with an elevation of from fifty to one 
hundred and fifty feet above the adjacent low lands. It connects 
southerly with the high lands whose apex is " Beacon Pole Hill." 
On the northeast it is precipitous, with a rough gulch at its base ; 
northerly it slopes off gently into flat land ; and westerly it de- 
scends somewhat steeply, but without abruptness, to Iron Rock 
Meadow. It is largely composed of what may be called solid 
iron-rock, in ledge structure, or in isolated boulders of moderate 
size — mainly in ledge form. The iron is amalgamated with some 
kind of granitic substance, in the proportion of from fifty to eighty 
per cent. iron. The iron is of an excellent quality, of unusual 
tenacity, and more or less magnetic, at least in some parts of the 
hill. This unique geological elevation is quite unlike any other 
deposit of iron within hundreds of miles around. Some unac- 
countable volcanic freak, in the remote past, must have thrown 
it up from the depths below. Large cpiantities of this rocky ore 
have been carried away, first and last, to different furnaces. But 
the peculiar tenacity and other qualities of the iron, and cost of 
transportation, have prevented any A^ery obvious diminution of 
the almost inexhaustible mass. 

We find that, on the 10th day of June, 1733, Obadiah Ballon, 
by agreement and deed of sale, conveyed to " Caleb Barker and 
Matthew Estes, of Hanover, in the County of Plymouth, in New 
England, foundiers, all the iron stone on his land that they should 
make use of, for one shilling per ton ; they agreeing to build, at 
some convenient place near the hill containing the rock, a furnace 
for smelting said iron stone." See Smithfield Record of Deeds, 
B. I., p. 162. We never heard of any such furnace being built 
nearer than the one called " Unity Furnace " on Blackstoue River, 

46 IRON ROCK HILL, d-c. 

at the place now long- known as Manville, wliicli was a little over 
two miles south of Iron Kock Hill. It may be presumed that 
" Unity Furnace " was the one intended to fulfil the contract, and 
that, while it continued in operation, it used very considerable 
ciuantities of the iron stone barg-ained for. It appears from other 
records and documents, that this right to use iron stone for one 
shilling- per ton soon passed into the hands of William Boltan, 
Henry Laughton, William Clarke and Eichard Clarke, all of Bos- 
ton, These gentlemen, for some reason, surrendered and recon- 
veyed their interest to Obadiah Ballou unreservedly, by an instru- 
ment bearing- date May 28, 17-40. The original deed in possession 
of the family was written and acknowledged by Samuel A<h(ins, 
Justice of the Peace. Since that time, so far as we know, furnace 
purchasers of iron stone have paid for what they carried oft" ac- 
cording to mutual agreement with the owners of the Hill, as occa- 
sion rendered convenient. 

Thenceforth this Iron Rock tract of ten acres continued to be 
the westerly section of Obadiah's homestead, until Feb. 23, 1749- 
50. At that date he made a gift-deed to his son Abner of this 
tract, his third of Iron Rock Meadow, and a parcel of land " near 
the great pine S^vamp so called." It must be understood that 
Obadiah's homestead lay south and southeasterly of his bro. 
James' — certainly the main bulk of it. His domicile is said to 
have stood on the easterly side of the road nearly opposite Iron 
Rock Hill, and less than one fourth of a mile southeasterly from 
that of James. Several years previous to 1828, the old frame 
house, built by Obadiah on that site, had become much dilapi- 
dated, and was known in the neighborhood as the " Sprague 
house." The writer recollects it well, and that a rumor prevailed, 
at one time, of its being haunted by the ghost of an occupant 
who had been carried home drunk on a plank and dropped on 
the floor abruptly, to die uncared for. Facts not investigated. 
Knight Whipple, whose wife was a gt. gd. dr. of Obadiah', came 
into possession of the premises and demolished the old " Sprague 
house " in 1817. In 1828, or thereabouts, he built the small one- 
story dwelling now occupying the same site. 

In the gift-deed from Obadiah to his son Abner, above men- 
tioned, are some si^ecifications historically interesting to the Bal- 
lous, which ought to be noticed in this connection. First, the 
l)oundaries of the Iron Rock tract strike our attention, viz. — "Be- 
ginning at a Black oake tree marked, joining to the highway that 
goes from Unity furnace [understood to be the one at afterwards 


Mauville] to Wrentham, on the westerly Side of Said way, wliicli 
is a bound of John Classes land, and it is the Southeasterly corner 
of Said" Land ; thence running- northerly, Bounded Easterly on 
said way, to another Highway that goes to and by the meeting 
house, there making a corner in the corner of Said highway ; 
thence running westerly. Bounded northerly on the Last men- 
tioned highway to the Land of James Ballou ; thence the Same 
Course to Iron Rock meadow Lot ; thence, bounding northerly in 
part and westerly in part on Iron rock meadow lot ; and still 
westerly in part on the Land of Eleazer Metcalf and part on John 
Casses Land aforesaid to a burcli Stump with stones about the 
Same — for a corner ; thence running Easterly, Bounded Southerly 
on said Casse's land to the first mentioned Bound." Second, and 
more important, is the following- exception to the conveyance, 
viz. — "Excepting about half one acre of land at the north end 
of the first mentioned tract or homestead farm, which is, and I 
do hereby except it, for a Burying- place for myself and my friends 
and neighlwrs." This was the origin of the ancient Burying 
Ground situated on the northern slope of Iron Rock Hill, a short 
distance southerly of " the Ballou meetinghouse." There, as to 
their mortal forms, 

"The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep." 

It is probable that a very few bodies had already been buried 
there. It should be a hallowed spot to all the Cumberland 
Ballous and their descendants. Let it be remembered that, in 
1749, James Ballou' donated the site of the Meeting House, and 
Obadiah Ballou', the original site of the adjacent Burying Place. 

It may be jiresunied that Obadiah Ballou", before his first mar- 
riage in 1717-18, had made considerable improvements on his 
homestead, and was prepared, in the style of his time, for house- 
keeping. We have little authentic testimony concerning the 
characteristics of himself and two wives, but what has come down 
to us indicates that they acted well their parts in domestic, social 
and religious life. Of course they must have struggled through 
many disadvantages, toils and trials, but it is believed they did 
so exemplarily. 

Obadiah disposed of his estate partly by gift-deeds, and partly 
liy will. He deeded to his eldest son Ezekiel a farm of one 
hundred acres, with buildings and valuable privileges, Dec. 20, 
1745. To his son Abner he gave the three several tracts already 
referred to Feb. 28, 1749-50. He finally made his Will Sept. 18, 
1763, substantially as follows. — 


" Beino- weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, blessed 
be God therefor. — "'^' ^ * 

I give to my dearly beloved wife Sarali Ballon the improvements, 
income and profits of my real estate, and also the improvements 
of my personal estate (money and securities for money only 
excei^ted) by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed during the 
term of time she shall remain my widow, and no longer. 

I give to my four Avell beloved sons, namely, Ezekiel Ballon, 
Daniel Ballon, Abner Ballon, and Obadiah Ballon, twenty pounds 
each in bills of public credit of the said Colony old tenor, or any 
other money equal to said sums at and after the rate of seven 
pounds for every Spanish milled silver dollar, to be paid to them 
by my Executor hereafter named within one year after my 

I give to my two well beloved daughters, Esther Wilson and 
Zerviah Thayer, twenty i)ounds each, in current money as above 
said, and to be paid to them, their heirs, &c., by my Executor at 
the time above limited for the payment of my said sons. 

I give to my two well beloved sons, Joseph Ballou and Benja- 
min Ballon, all my lands and buildings situate in Cumberland 
aforesaid, to be equally divided between them both, with respect 
\to quantity and cpiality, to them, their heirs and assigns forever, 
as an estate of inheritance in fee simple, and my will farther is, 
and I do hereby order, that if either of my two last mentioned 
sons shall happen to die before he shall arrive to full age and 
leave no issue, then and in such case the surviving son to have 
and hold all said lands and buildings, given equally between them 
as above said, to his heirs and assigns forever. 

I give to my said two sous, Joseph and Benjamin, all the 
remaining part of my personal estate, two thirds thereof to be 
equally divided l)etween them after my decease, and the other 
third after the decease of my loving wife. 

And I do make and ordain my said son, Joseph Ballou, sole 
Executor of this my last will, and my loving and trustj^ sou, 
Ezekiel Ballou, aforesaid Overseer thereof, to take care and see 
the same performed according to my true intent and meaning." 

Witnessed by Kichard Sayles, Josiah Fisk and John Dexter. 
He d. Oct. 12, 1768, and was buried iu the forementioned Ballou 
Burying Ground, where his grave stone may be seen, declaring 
the date of his death, and his age to be 79 yrs. It was, more 
exactly, 79 yrs. 1 mo. and 6 ds, Mrs. Sarah, his widow, d. at a 
date not ascertained. 


[17.] Samuel Ballou', James", Maturiii' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, afterwards Hniitlitield, and now Lincoln, R. I., June 23, 
1692; m. 1st Susanna Arnold, parentag-e and birtli-date songlit 
but not found ; cer. in Providence Dec. 16, 1722, by AVilliam 
Jenckes, J. P. Issue, all b. on the original James Ballon home- 
stead. — 

80— 1. Jonathan, b. Nov. 10, 1723; ni. Elizabeth West; n(j elm. 

81— 2. Lydia, b. Dec. 0, '25; m. Benjamin Lapham Oct. 14, 1742. 

82— 8. Phebe, b. May 9, '28; m. Stephen Wliipple July 12, 1745. 
88- 4. Eleazei-, b. Jixne 12, '30; m. Phebe Lapham Aug. 19, 1750. 

84— 5. Patience, b. July 15, '32; m. Joseph Sayles July 10, 1752. 

85— 6. Samuel, 1). May 24; '35; d. July 1, 1735, an infant. 

86— 7. Sanuiel, 1). Feb. 4, '36-7; m. Kuth Hawkins about 1754 or 5. 

87 — 8. Susanna, b. June 28, '39; m. Jacob Arnold Nov. 25, 1756. 

88— 9. Jemima, b. May 14, '42; m. Dr. William Arnold (b. Nov. 30, 1733). 
89 — 10. David, b. Aug. 23, '44; m. 1st Ann Comstock, 2d Sarah Chase, 3d 

Hannah Reynolds. 

90—11. Moses) b. Jan. 30, '48; m. 1st Elizabeth Phillips, 2d wid. 

twins. Desire Lang. 
91—12. Aaron) b. Jan. 30, '48; m. Lydia Albee March 5, 1773. 

Mrs. Susanna, the mother of these 12 elm. d. (date not found) ; 
and the father m. 2d, Mrs. Alary Sndth, widow of Elias Smith; 
cer. July 29, 1761, by Stephen Sly, J. P. Naturally no issue. She 
survived her husband, and afterwards m. Hezeldah Sprague May 
8, 1767. We have already described the ancient patrimonial 
homestead, and stated that James"" gave it to this son Samuel 
July 27, 1726, as also in 1741 much personal estate. On that 
homestead Samuer lived, reared his large family, and died. 
Nothing definite has come down to us concerning- the charac- 
teristics of himself, wives and children ; but from various grounds 
of inference, as well as general tradition, we are warranted in 
claiming for them a very reputable standing in society. SamueF 
made his "Will Dec. 14, 1764. The following are its principal 
specifications : — 

" I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary all the estate 
she had when we were married, and one good side-saddle, and 
also my will is that she have her right of dower in all my real 
estate according to law, and one room in my dwelling-house to 
live in. 

Also, I give and bequeath unto my three sons, David Ballon, 
Aaron Ballon and Moses Ballon, all my lands and real estate, to 
be equally divided between them, and to remain to their heirs 
and assigns for ever. But in case either of them die without 



lawful issue before lie arrive to the age of twenty one years, then 
my will is that his part be divided between^ his two surviving" 
lu'others aforesaid. But in case two of said sons die without 
lawful issue before they arrive to the age of twenty one years, 
then my will is that the said surviving brother have two thirds 
of my real estate and the other third to be equally divided among 
my following children, namely, Jonathan Ballon, Eleazer Ballon, 
Patience Sayles, Samuel Ballon, Susannah Ar^iold, and Jeniima 
Ballon, to be to their own free disposal. 

Also, I give unto my son Jonathan the sum of five dollars, and 
to my son Eleazer three dollars, and to my daughter Patience 
Sayles six dollars, and to my son Samuel one dollar, and to my 
daughter Susannah Arnold two dollars, and to my daughter Je- 
mima Ballon one dollar. 

Also I give unto my grand daughter Mary Lapliam the sum of 
three dollars, and to my grand son Stephen Whipple, and to my 
gi-and daughter Pliebe Wliipple three dollars each. ' 

And also my will is that all the above legacies and my just debts 
and funeral charges be paid out of my movable estate, and that 
all the remainder of my movable estate I give in the following 
manner, — One third thereof I give and bequeath unto my beloved 
wife Mary, to be to her own free disposal ; and then I give one 
quarter part of the remainder to my son David, and the other 
three quarters I give to my sons Aaron and Moses, to be to their 
own free disposal. 

And lastly, I do make and ordain my trusty friend, Thomas 
Lapliam, Juii""., sole executor to this my last will and testament." 
Closed with the usual formalities. Dated as aforesaid, and wit- 
nessed by Thomas Lapliam, Joshua Lapliam, Joseph Smith, and 
Jeremiah Smith 3d. 

Samuel Ballon^ d. Jan. 25, 1765, and his ashes, we presume, rest 
ill the adjacent family burial place heretofore described. His age 
was 73 yrs. and 2 ds. 

[18,] Susanna Ballou', James", Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, B. 1., afterward Smithfield, and now Lincoln, Jan. 3, 1695 ; 
111. John Imiuiii\ John", Edward' ; cer. June 28, 1716, by Samuel 
Wilkinson, J. P. They settled in Glocester, R. I. Issue. — 

91| — 1. Eutli lumau, b. sup. during 1717 ; m. Samuel Aldricli. 

92 — 2. Susanna luman, b. sup. during '19 ; m. Oapt. Eicliard Sayles. ? 
92i— 3. Kachel Inman, b. June 19, '20 ; m. Jeremiah Phillips Apl. 6, 1755. 

93 — 4. Sarah Inman, b. Mar. 9, '26 ; untrticed. 


m—n. Martha Innian, b. Oct. 16, '29 ; m. Job Wliipple Oct. 23, 1753. 

94 — 6. John Inniaii, b. Axxg,. 5, '33; m. Anue . 

95 —7. David Inmau, b. May 5, '36 ; in. Thankful Smith, June 17, 1759. 

We suppose the eldest tliree of these chn. must have been 1). 
in then Providence, prob. on territory afterwards Sniithfield ; the 
others in Glocester. It has been difficult to trace this family. 
No characteristics of Susanna" and her husband have reached us. 
"We oidy know they came of worthy parental stock. He made his 
Will July 28, 1741, and d. Aiig-. 3, ensuing-. See Glocester, R. I., 
Records, B. I., pp. 30-32. Her death-date not found. 

[19.] Bathsheba Ballou', James", Maturin' ; b, in then Provi- 
dence, R. I., afterward Smithfield, and now Lincoln, Feb. 15, 1698 ; 
m. Daniel Arnold of Smithfield, R. I., son of John and Mary 
(Mowry) Arnold, b. al)out 1699; cer. Oct. 16, 1720, by Samuel 
Wilkinson, J. P. Issue. — 

95i— 1. Uriah Arnold, 1). Apl. 9, 1721 ; m. Elizabeth Peck, &c. 

96 —2. PrisciHa Arnold, 1j. Mar. 2, 1723 ; untraced. 

97 —3. Enoch Arnold, h. Mar. 31, '25; m. Deborah Comstock June 23, 


98 —4. Elijah Arnold, b. Dec. 23, '26 ; traced. 

99 —5. Mary Arnold, b. Au.o-. 23, '28; m. Hezadiah Comstock, Jr., Apl. 

20, 1746. 

100 —6. Rachel Arnold, b. Dec. 19, '30 ; m. Stephen Arnold May 27, 1749. 

101 —7. Dorcas Arnold, b. May 18, '32 ; m. James Cargill Dec. 27, 1752. 

102 —8. Anna Arnold, b. Feb. 19, '34; m. Caleb Arnold Jan. 3, 1773. 

No data reaches us of family characteristics and social stand- 
ing- ; presumed to have been respectable. Smithfield records 
show that Daniel Arnold made his Will Dec. 31, 1770. The sub- 
stance of it was as follows. — He g-ave to Mrs. Bathshelia one third 
of all his real and personal estate, excexiting- only his carpentery 
tools and a pair of steelyards : to his son Uriah two thirds of his 
homestead farm unreservedly, and the other third after the de- 
cease of his mother, with a tract of outlying' woodland ; but re- 
quiring him to provide a home and board for his sister Anna so 
long- as she should remain unmarried : to said daug"hter Anna 
sundry bequests out of his personal estate, conditioned, however, 
that she should bring- in no charges for her several years of 
domestic service in his house : to his daughters Mary Comstock, 
Rachel Arnold and Dorcas Cargill, three lots of land in Provi- 
dence, which were described : and to his grand son Daniel, son 
of Uriah, certain parcels of real estate specifically described, &c. 
No other chn. or g-d. chn. mentioned. He d. July 30, 1773. Mrs, 
Bathsheba d. Jany. 15, 1790. 


[20]. Nehemiah Ballou', James', Maturiii'; b. in then Provi- 
dence, afterwards Smitlifield, and now Lincoln, E. I., Jan. 20, 
1702 ; ni. 1st Mary JMl, dr. of Znriel Hall, b. in Sniitlifield, E. I., 
Jan. 1, 1700; cer. Apl. 21, 1723. There were b. to tliem on their 
homestead in what is now Bnrrillville, E. I., 11 chn. most of 
whom d. yonno' — 2 mere infants unnamed, and 5 with names, 
whose birth-dates were never recorded. These were Znriel, Nelie- 
miali, Joseph, Patience and Susanna — their death-dates not found. 
The other 4 were recorded in Glocester, of which Burrillville 
was then a part: — 

103—1. Mary, b. May 28, 1728; m. John Cowen Apl. 4, 1751. 

104—2. Uranah, b. Jime 9, '30; m. Jonathan Mitchell May 21, 174G. 

105—3. Peter, b. July 15, '32; m. Lydia Phillips. 

106—4. Seth, 1). June 4, '34; m. Hannah Cowen June 9, 1754. 

Mrs. Mary (Hallj Ballon d. Sept. 25, 1701. Nehemiah' m. 2d 
Ahigail {Ilall) Perry, a sister of his first wife; cer. in Glocester 
July 15, 1762. No issue. 

Nehemiah Ballon' was the young-est child of James", and set- 
tled, about the year 1725, on the wild lands inherited by his father 
fi'om his maternal grandfather, Eobert Pike, west of the " seven 
mile line," so called. Those lands were then within the limits of 
Providence, but when Glocester was incorporated in 1730, they 
were included therein. When Burrillville was set off from Glo- 
cester, in 1806, they fell within the limits of that township. In 
1720 James" made a gift deed of these lands to this son. The 
tract conveyed is thus described : " One half right of Common- 
age on the west side of the seven mile line in Providence, with all 
the land already laid out thereon, being, by estimation, two 
hundred acres, be it more or less, and hetli all adjoining together, 
and is the land my said son, Nehemiah Belleau now dwelleth on, 
and heth on the original Eight of Eobert Pike." It would seem 
that somehow Nehemiah's acres were estimated afterwards at 
three hundred and forty-five ; for we find this number named in a 
quit-claim deed gives to Nehemiah by his oldest brother, James". 
It appears that after the death of their father, James", a question 
arose whether, under the old English law then in force, James', as 
eldest son, or his heirs after him, might not claim estate in this 
land. Therefore James' honorably relinquished to Nehemiah all 
supposable interest therein. His quit-claim runs as foUows : 
" Being sensible and knowing this that it was the true intent and 
meaning of my said father to give to my brother Nehemiah 
Belloue, of Gloucester, in the County and Colony aforesaid, Yeo- 


man, tlie one half of that wliich was the original right of Matnrin 
Belloue in the nudivided lands on the west side of the seven mile 
line, &c. " " ^ Now know that I, the said James Balloiie, for 
the settling- of said lands according- to my honored father's intent, 
do remise, release, and forever quit-claim, and by these presents, 
for myself and my heirs, do fnlly, clearly and absolutely remise, 
release and forever quit-claim unto him, my aforesaid brother, 
Nehemiah Belloue, " '•■" all my right, title, interest and demand 
whatsoever "••' * in or to the above said half right and lands, 
&c." Dated April 29, 1751. . 

Nehemiah^ located on this tract, as has been said, about 1725, 
and set up his log house on the side hill, a short distance west of 
the Friends' Meeting house, near the road which leads from the 
Village of Maple^dlle in Burrillville, R. I., towards Chepachet in 
Glocester. The exact location was pointed out to Mr. Peck 
several years ago by Mr. Duty Lapham, a great grandson of 
Nehemiah, who had received his information, when a lad, from 
his mother. Nehemiah, in process of time, built him a framed 
house, which makes a part of the domicile occupied in his life 
time by Mr. Duty Smith. Mr. Peck visited Mr. Smith before his 
decease, he being then an aged man. He said he well recollected 
Nehemiah Ballon, had heard him preach many times, when a boy, 
and proceeded to relate numerous interesting anecdotes of him. 
There is no doubt he earned a good reputation in his vicinage for 
industry, sol)riety, piety and many virtues. He was a devoted 
Baptist, and, though not an ordained minister, often preached in 
his o^m house and the general neighborhood. Meantime he 
became a large landholder, a productive farmer, and an influential 
citizen. Not much is said of his wives, which was too apt to be 
the thoughtless fashion of former times in relation to even very 
hard-toiling and exemplary heli^meets of male worthies; but we 
always take for granted, in the absence of contrary testimony, 
that wives and mothers ought to be honorably mentioned in the 
family record. As Nehemiah formd himself advancing- toward old 
age, he iDrudently made his Will, and set his temporal aflairs in 
order for his departure. He did this some twenty years before 
his decease. Its principal items are the following: — 

" I give to my beloved wife Abigail one g-ood cow and one third 
part of all the remainder of my personal estate, except my iron 
farming tackling and tools. 

I give the one liaK of my tract of land that I have situate in 
Gloucester, lying- on the south side of the hig-hway and noiiheast- 


erly from sucker pond, containiiig about fifty acres in the wliole, 
to my dang-liter Uranali Mitchell during- her natural life, and, 
after her decease, to her son Zuriel Mitchell; but if he should die 
before his mother without disposing thereof, then to go to his 
next brother; and the other half of said land I give to my 
daughter, Mary Cowen, to be to her heirs and assigns fi'ee and 
clear forever. 

I give unto my son Peter Balloue twenty-four shillings in lawful 
money, to be loaid by my executor out of my personal estate. 

I give unto my son Seth Balloue all my right in Common, to him 
and his heirs and assigns, and also all my iron farming tackling 
and tools, — and I likewise give unto him one third part of all my 
personal estate of every sort and kind that I have not before in 
this my will disposed of, and the other two thirds I give to be 
equally divided between my aforesaid two daughters ; but if either 
of my said daughters should happen to die before a division, then 
the deceased's part to be equally divided among her children. 

I hereby nominate my said son Seth sole executor of this mil ; 
hereby revoking, c^'C." Dated March 13, 1769. Witnessed by 
John Steere, Jr., Samuel Phettiplace and Eichard Steere. The 
testator d. Apl. 1, 1789, being in his 88th yr., and was buried a 
short distance from his domicile. Mrs. Abigail, his 2d wife, and 
widow, d. May 4, 1792, in her 81st year. 

[21]. Peter Ballou', Peter, Maturin' ; b. in then Providence, 
afterwards Smithfield, E. I., in the locality now known as Louis- 
quisset, prob. about 1696, the exact date not found ; drowned in 
Blackstone river (having gone in to bathe) during the Summer of 
1717, to the unspeakable grief of his parents and their family. 
His dust reposes in the Mann cemetery, ground originally a part 
of the Peter Ballon estate. This has already been told. 

[22]. William Ballou', Peter, Maturin' ; same birth place as 
the preceding, but no birth-date found. Untraceable. Not men- 
tioned in the Wills of his parents, and therefore presumed to have 
d. young. 

[23]. Jeremiah Ballou', Peter, Maturin'; b. prob. in Louis- 
quisset aforesaid, E. I., perhaps about 1698, no date found; m. 
Ixahdla lioss, no particulars as to ptage., birth-date, or the mge. 
found. Issue. — 

107—1. Peter, b. date not foiiiul; lived to manhood and d. u. m. 
108—2. Jeremiali, b. " m. Abigail Eecord. 


109 — 3. Sarah, b. date not found ; m. Ishmael Aldricli. 

110—4. Isabella,!). " " m. Andrew Harrington May 4, 1768. 

111—5. Abigail, b. " " m. Philip Aldricli Sept. 12, 1771. 

Jeremiah Ballon" iiilierited from his father quite a large landed 
estate. He had an ample homestead in Scitnate, R. I., on which 
he dwelt until after the death of his widowed mother. Meantime 
he looked up all his rights to common land which came down 
through his father from Maturin Ballon" and Robert Pike. But 
he seems to have been somewhat of a restless land speculator, for 
we find on record numerous deeds of real estate which he bought 
and sold in various localities. He sold his patrimonial homestead 
in Scituate to John Potter Feb. 26, 1746, and x^ui'chased of 
Thomas Cooper a handsome farm containing 106 acres in Glo- 
cester Mar. 6, the same year. He then became a citizen of 
Glocester, where prob. his two youngest chn. were b. Thence- 
foi*tli he traded often in lands, here and there, l)ut not always to 
good advantage. For we learn through one of his grand sons-in- 
law, who knew something of his history, that he finally lost nearly 
all his property, and became sadly broken doAvn in his old age. 
He and his wife d. in Glocester, but we have not yet ascertained 
their death-dates. 

[24] . Barbaka B.allou', Peter", Maturin" ; b. prob. in Louis- 
quisset aforesaid, R. I., perhaps before 1700 ; m. an Innian, 
supposed to have been Valentine Inman. She was alive Feb. 15, 
1740, when her mother's Will was made. We regret our inability 
to trace her descent further. 

[25]. Phebe Ballou^ Peter', Maturin'; b. prob. in Louisquis- 
set aforesaid, R. I., perhaps not far from 1700, date not found; 
m. James King, Jr., of Providence, Dec. 10, 1719. Issue. — 

112 — 1. Phebe King, b. perhaps 1721. 
113—2. Jerusha " b. " 1723. 

We fear no further trace can be found of this family. Peter, 
in his Will, dated Aug. 24, 1731, gave the above named gd. chn. 
five pounds each, and assigned as his reason for giving them no 
more, that he had previously given to their deed, mother her 
intended portion. So she had then been sometime dead. We 
awaited fui-ther information, if any could be obtained ; but having 
waited a reasonable time, we now dismiss the family as no further 


[26]. Jemima Ballou', Peter, Maturiii'; b. prob. in tlie local- 
ity aforesaid, perhaps not far from 1703 ; m. a Sprag-ne, supposed 
to be David, had three drs., and was already deceased when her 
mother made her AVill, Feb. 15, 1740. 

114—1. ■ Spragiie. 



This family, too, we ninst dismiss as by us niitraceable. If any 
relatives are interested, we leave to them all practicable research. 

[27]. Martha Ballou", Peter, Matnrin'; b. in Lonisqnisset, 
E. I., between 1702 and 1710; m. John King, e/n, prob. 1728 to 
1730. Issue, found recorded in Foster, E. I. — 

117—1. Phebe limg, b. Jan. 7, 1731-2. 
118—2. Martha King, b. Sept. 18, '32-3. 

It seems that Martha^ had deceased some time before her 
mother's Will was made, prob. as early as 1736 or '37. The Foster 
records show that* John King, Jr., soon m. again, and began to 
have chn., by his ^\\ie Deliverance, May 10, 1738. She became 
the mother of five whose birth-dates are given, but need not be 
entered here. This family no further traced. 

Fourth and Fifth Generations. 

[28.] John Ballou', John', John", Matnrin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, afterwards Smithfield, K. I., date not found ; m. Elizabeth 
P/iUIips, dr. of Joshua Phillips of Sutton, Mass.; her birth-date 
and the mge. date not found. Issue. — 


119_1. John, b. Apl. 3, 1743 ; m. Sibella Lelaud. 

120—2. Benjamin, b. Nov. 20, '46; m. Mary Phillips Apl. 15, 1770. 

121—3. Anna, b. Dec. 14, '40 ; m. John Wliitman. 

122 — 4. Richard, b. not fonnd ; m. Lucy Arnold. 

123—5. Abigail, b. " m. Sylvanns Sayles. 

124—6. Nancy, b. " m. Rnfus Streeter. 

John Ballon' settled on the land given him by his father in 
1738-9 ; viz. one hundred acres of his home farm in Lonisqnisset 
neighborhood. His house stood about one fourth of a mile on 
the road south fi-om the Eleazer Mowry place, latterly so called. 
Judge Thomas Mann, in his day many years ago, purchased the 
estate, and demolished the domicile. This was after John Ballon' 
had sold the property. John' sold several portions of his inheri- 


taiice at various times, and gave the remainder to his three sons, 
John, Benjamin and Richard. Kichard deeded his portion to 
Benjamin Feb. 21, 1780, and settled in the northeasterly part of 
Cumberland, R. I. See Smithtield Recs. B. 7, p. 298. John and 
Benjamin long- held their portions in partnership, but divided 
them in 1783. lb. B. 7, p. 413. 

Jolm^ d. May 29, 1788. He was found a corpse in a pasture, 
Avhicli he was supposed to be crossing- on his way to visit his dr., 
Mrs. Streeter. He prob. d. instantly fi'om apoplexy or some other 
deadly lit. Mrs. Ehzabeth, his widow, survived him several years. 
She is said to have been a sister of Moses Ballou's lirst wife. She 
spent her old ag-e in the family of her son Benjamin, where she 
d. at a date not ascertained. 

[29.] Abraham Ballou', John'', John'-', Maturiu' ; b. in Louis- 
quisset, then Providence, later Smithtield, now Lincohi, R. I., date 
not found ; m. Mary Sayles, her ptge. and birth-date not found ; 
eer. Mar. 3, 1739, by Daniel Jenckes, Town Clerk. Issue. — 

125—1. Simeon, b. May 31, 1740 ; m. Mary Cole Apl. 1, 1762. 

12G — 2. David, b. uot found ; m. Mary Sniitli. 

127—3. Pliebe, b. " m. Jolm Smitli Apl. 15, 1761. 

Abraham' dw^elt first after nige. in Glocester, R. I., as long- ago 
as 1742, on land given him by his father. Next, for a short time, 
he lived on an estate he had iDurchased in 1745, situated on the 
road leading- from Killing-ly, Ct., to Providence, R. I. That estate 
he sold in 1747, and finally settled on a considerable tract of land 
he took up containing- much of what became the site of Slater- 
ville. His domicile was located on an adjacent hill, where his son 
Simeon afterward dwelt and died. We learn httle of his history. 
We infer that he must have d. in middle age — -no record found 
of his death. Mrs. Mary, his widow, long- survived. She spent a 
considerable portion of her widowhood with her daughter Pliebe 
Smith and husband, outliving- l)otli. She was then cared for in 
the home of Thomas Api)leby, who had married one of her grand- 
daughters — a dr. of Pliebe and John Smith. With them she d. at 
an untold date, at the age of 90 yrs. or more. 

[30.] David Ballou*, John', John'', Maturin'; b. date not 
found, in Louisquisset, then Providence, afterwards Smithfield, 
etc., R. I. No trace has been found of this David Ballou, and the 
supposition is that he must have d. young, or at least that he d. 


[31.] Maiiy Ballou", Jo1iii\ John', Matmin' ; 1). date not found, 
in Lonisquisset, tlien Providence, afterwards Smitlilield, &c., R. I. ; 
m. Josej)/i LapJiam, according- to usage of Friends at their meeting- 
in said Hmithtield April 1, 1734, O. S. " Witnesses— John Ballon, 
Jr., Tabitha Ballon." Issue. — 

128—1. Aljiier Lapliam, b. not fonud ; m. Mary Mowry May 8, 17G1. 
129—2. Joliii " 1). " m. Aniey Biiekliu June 21, 17(!7, 

by Eld. N. Cook. 
180 — 3. Rebecca Lapliam, b. not fonnd ; ni. Jeremiali Bartlett Mar. 25, 


131 — 4. Mercy Lapliam, b. not found ; ni. Cliase. 

132—5. Mary " b. " m. Eobert Wilkinson Dec. 2'.), 1708. 
134—0. Abigail " b. " m. Meade. 

The record of this family comes to us obscure and imi)erfect. 
The names of the chn. were extracted from the AVill of Joseph 
Lapliam, made in Cumberland, R. I., May 26, 178(). It is pre- 
sumed that the testator was a settled inhabitant of that town, 
where prob. his elm. were h. — though perhaps some of them in 
Smitlilield. Mrs. Mary" is mentioned in the Will of her father 
Apl. 19, 1755, and in that of her uncle Maturin", 17G0. Joseph 
Lapham d. in Cumberland Dec. 23, 1796. Mrs. Mary (Ballon) 
Lapliam d. at a date not ascertained. This descent is too difficult 
for our tracement. 

[32.] Saeah Ballou', John", John'', Maturin'; b. date not 
found, in Lonisquisset, then Providence, afterwards Smitlilield, 
etc., R. I.; m. Daniel Spnujue, son of Ebenezer and Mary, b. 
Mar. 28, 1712-13 ; m. during- 1730. Issue.— 

135 — 1. Naomi Sprague, b. no more ascertained. 
136—2. Lucy " b. " 

137—3. David " b. " 

Sarah (Ballon) Sprague^ is mentioned in the Wills of her father 
and her uncle Maturin, But our biographical information con- 
cerning her and her family is extremely limited. We have not 
even the birth-dates of the chn. nor death-dates of the parents, 
and so put this branch of descent in the category — no further 

[33.] Tabitha Ballou', John', John", Maturin' ; b. in the same 
locality as the live immediately preceding brothers and sisters, 
the birth-date not found ; m. Manasseh Kempton of Smitlilield, 
R. I. ; mge.-date and particulars not found. Issue. — 


13S— t. Tiil)itlia Kemptou, 1). not tound; in. John Weutlierliead Apl. 1!), 

Tiibitlia (Ball(iii) Kempton d. not loiio- after tlie l)irtli of her 
only child Talntha, date not found, and we have no fnrther infor- 
mation concei-ning- her. Her husl)and m. 2d Sabina Paine Nov. 
17, 1751, and is no fnrther traced, except in respect to the nige. 
and chn. of his dr. Tabitha (Kempton) AVeatherhead. These will 
appear in the next generation. 

[34.] Peteii Ballou', Jolin^, John', Maturin' ; b. in Lonisqnis- 
set, as aforesaid, date not found ; m. Aliee Mowry, wid. of Jere- 
miah Mowry, and dr. of Joseph and Alice (Wliii>ple) Mowry, b. 
June 6, 1712 ; cer. May 11, 176(>, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook of Cum- 
berland, R. I. No issue from this mge. But Peter had previously 
had born to him an illegitimate daughter by Mrs. Meribah Phil- 
lips, long- his housekeeper, and who probably expected to be 
made his wife, but was disappointed through some breach of 
affection. But the father acknowledged the child his, and finally 
made her his principal heir. He chose freely to recog'nize her 
by the name of 

139—1. Elioda. Ballou, b. date not found ; m. George Streeter Oct. 30, 1774. 

We learn from certain records that Mrs. Meribah Phillips was 
seriously dissatisfied with the treatment she had received fi'om 
Peter', and demanded better compensation than he was disposed 
to make her. She had rendered him fifteen years of domestic 
service on scanty pay — not to mention what else had happened. 
After much un[)leasantness, they referred their controversy to 
three arbitrators of their vicinage ; viz. Stephen Sly, Thomas 
Steere and Eichard Steere, Esquires. They awarded Mrs. Phil- 
lips £39 in full of all demands. So the matter was settled. And 
if their conduct was not exemplary in getting into difficulty, they 
certainly might have done worse in getting out. 

Peter' dwelt on the homestead he inherited from his father, since 
long known as " the Streeter place," about a mile north of Lime 
Rock Village in then Smithfield. He made his Will Dec. 8, 1770. 
See Smithfield Eecs. B. 2, p. 76. Therein he gave his wife Alice 
all his household goods, the occupancy of one third of his lands 
and buildings, and c£3()5. To his bro. John £3. To his nephew 
John 1 shilling. To his niece Anna, dr. of his bro. John, 15 
shillings. To his nephew Richard, son of his bro. John, j£3. To 
his nieces Abigail and Nancy, drs. of his bro. John, 15 shillings 


each. To his nieces Naomi and Lucy Sprague, and their bro. 
Da\id, 30 shihing-s each. To his niece Tabitha Weatherhead .£12. 
To his nephews Simeon and David Ballon, sons of his bro. Aln-a- 
ham, -£30 each. To his nephew Benjamin Ballon £3. To Rlioda, 
dr. of Meribah Phillips, whom he says " I choose to call llhoda 
Ballon," all his lands and bnilding-s in Smithfield, estimated to 
contain one hnndred and sixty acres, dnring her life, then to her 
legal heirs in fee simple. He d. May 2, 1777. His widow d. at a 
date not fonnd. 

[35.] Elce or Alcy Ballou', Matnrin'', John', Matnrin' ; 1). date 
not fonnd, in then Providence, later Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I. ; 
m. 1st JJavid Arnold, son of Eleazer and Sarah Arnold ; date and 
particnlars of mge. not fonnd. Issue. — 

140 — 1. William Arnold, b. not foimcl. 
141—2. Lydia Arnold, b. 

David Arnold d. Dec. 31, 1736; and the wid. m. 2d, Capf. 
lUchard SayJes of Smithfield, son of John and Elizabeth, b. Oct. 
24, 1695, as his 2d wife ; cer. May 14, 1738. She is presumed to 
have taken her two children to her new home with Capt. Kichard, 
under whose protection they remained till sometime after her 
death. Thcd took jilace in 1741. She had administered on the 
estate of her 1st husband, under a probate appointment of Smith- 
field Town Council, held Apl. 5, 1736, and doubtless acted as legal 
guardian of her clin. till death. Capt. Richard m. his 3d wife, 
wid. Susanna (Ballon) Inman, Jan. 10, 1742 — the two Arnold clin. 
and their jn'operty still remaining under his care. At length, 
either on his motion or that of their relations, the Smithfield 
Town Council took action on the case Sept. 25, 1744, and appointed 
Matnrin Ballon", gi-andfather of the chn., their guardian. There- 
upon Capt. Richard delivered the two chn. and their property over 
to Maturin's guardianship. So say Old Smithfield Records, Coun- 
cil B. 1, p. 71. The descendants of Elce or Alcy (Ballon) Arnold 
no further traced. 

[36.] William Ballou', Matnrin', John", Matnrin' ; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., in 1759 ; m. Mary BucMhi of Attleboro', Mass., dr. of 
Elijah Bucklin, b. in 1762 ; cer. date not found. Issue. — 

142—1. Joseph, b. Nov. 18, 1783 ; m. Harriet Hawes in 182G. 

143_2. AYilliam, b. Ang. 20, 'Sfi ; m. Barbara Bncklin 1817 or 18. 

144—3. Bczcliel, b. , '92; m. Abi^-ail Ovdway Sept. 12, 1827. 

145-4. Sarah, b. Sept. 23, '95 ; m. Mosos Luut. 


146—5. Maturin, l>. Sept. 23, '96; m. Sarali HaAvldiis Oct. 16, 1820. 

147—6. Mary, 1). , 1801 ; d. 1813, a. about 12 yrs. 

148—7. Sanford, b. May 2, 1803 ; m. Amey Dickerman Mar. 25, 1834. 

149—8.. Almanda, b. May 16, 1806; m. Samuel Eiddale Sept. 12, 1853. 

William Ballon' must have become of ag"e and taken possession 
of liis patrimony not far from 1781, and prob. married a year or 
two later. In 1783 or thereabouts his bro. Maturin^ reached his 
majority, and entered into joint possession of the homestead, 
inherited according- to the Will of Maturin\ They held and man- 
aged their inheritance together, or at least "without division, until 
the year 1800 ; about which time William^ emig-rated to Tunbridge, 
Vt. It appears that they made a small addition to the old farm 
of between nine and ten acres, which they purchased of their 
cousin Peter Ballon' in 1795. This ■ purchase straightened their 
lines and otherwise convenienced them. See Deeds of Old Smith- 
field, R. I., B. 9, p. 294:. But the Will of their father was some- 
what obscure in respect to the x^ortions of land intended for the 
two sons, and if construed literally, made them quite unequal. 
Both brothers worthily desired to correct this inequality, and to 
share alike. They therefore executed the following Indenture. — 

" This Indenture made and concluded upon this Eleventh Day 
of March, in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred 
and One, and in the Twenty fifth year of American Independence, 
by and ])etween William Ballon of the State Vermont, late of 
Smithtield in the County of Providence and State of Rhode Isl- 
and, yeoman, of the one Part, and Matturan Ballon of said Smith- 
field, yeoman, of the other Part ; Witnesseth That, whereas Mat- 
turien Ballon, late of said Smithfield, Deceased father to the 
aforesaid William and Maturan, Did, in and by his Last Will and 
Testament, bearing date the Third Day of April, A. D. 1760, Give 
and Devise unto them, the said William Ballon and Matturien 
Ballon, all his Real Estate in a very unequal proportion to Hold 
in Severalty, — as Reference to said Will being had may more 
fuUy appear. 

Now know ye that they, the Said William Ballon and Matturien 
BaUou, for and in consideration of the natural love and Brotherly 
Afi:ection which they have and do beare to each other, as well as 
in consideration of all the Work and Labor which the said Mat- 
turin Ballon did upon the Said Real Estate before the Said Wil- 
liam Ballon moved from Said Estate, as also for divers other good 
causes and considerations, have Miitually and Reciprocally Agi-eed 


and Covenanted, and by tliese presents do Mutuall}" and Eecip- 
rocally Agree and Covenant with Each other, and for Their Re- 
spective Heirs and Assig-ns forever, to Have Hold and Enjoy the 
aforesaid Real Estate Share and Share ahke, as Tenants in Com- 
mon and not as Tenants in Severalty, to be Equally Divided be- 
tween them their Heirs and Assigns, anything in the aforesaid 
Last Will and Testament to the contrary hereof in anywise Not- 
withstanding." Signed, sealed and delivered in legal form by the 
two brothers. 

In presence of Samuel Thurber, Jr., and David Heaton. 

We have copied this Indenture fi'om the original, which came 
into possession of Mr. Peck from the family archives many years 
ago. We copy it because it is so creditable to the two brothers, 
as well as because it indicates very nearly the date at which Wil- 
liam^ removed to Tunbridge, Vt., and shows that all but the last 
three of his children were b. in Smithfield, R. I. This Indenture 
legally prepared the way for William to sell and convey his share 
of the patrimonial estate to Maturin; which he did on the 15th 
of March, A. D. 1803. We have the original Deed. As this Deed 
presents some important specifications which may be useful for 
reference, we extract the essential portions. — 

" Know all men by these Presents, that I, William Ballou, of 
the State of Vermont, late of Smithfield, etc., in consideration of 
One Thousand Four Hundred Dollars, to me well and truly paid 
by my Brother, Maturien Ballon of said Smithfield, etc., "" have 
remised, released, and forever quit-claimed " unto the said Ma- 
turien Ballou in his full and Peaceable possession and seizen, and 
to His Heirs and Assigns forever, all siich Right, Estate, Title, 
Interest, Claim and Demand whatsoever, as I, the said William 
Ballou, had or ought to have in or 'to all the Homestead Farm 
which was formerly my late Hon'd. Father's, Situate, Lying and 
being in said Town of Smithfield, which I hold as Tenant in Com- 
mon with my said Brother by virtue of a Deed of Union, Recorded 
in the Registry of Deeds for said Town, Book 10th, page 110, and 
to one other Tract or Lot of Land adjoining to the North of said 
Farm Lying betwixt the land of Elislia Olney and the Heirs of 
Ichabod Comstock, which Land I and my said Brother Purchased 
of Peter Ballou by any way or means whatsoever. Excepting my 
right of reversion to my Hon'd. Mother's Dower or Power of 
Thirds, which are assigned and set ofi" to her during Life. * * ^'' 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 



Fifteenth Day of March, A. D., 1803, and TAventy seventh year 
of American Independence." 
AVitnessed by 

Samuel Whipple k Wm. B. Martin. William Ballon. L. S. 

Recorded in Hmithfield, R. I., B. 10, p. 2^1. 

William' was a man of siihstantial virtues in all the relations of 
Hfe, and hig-hly esteemed both in his native and adopted homes. 
His wife was no less respected for her corresponding- worth. He 
d. in Jan. 1844. She in Nov. 1850. 

Matukin Ballou House, Htump Hill, Lincoln. 

[37.] Matuiiin Ballou', Maturhi', Jolnr, Maturin'; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., in 17t)0; m. Barhara Bucklin, b. in Attleboro', Mass., 
dr. of Elijah Bucklin, and sister of Mary, wife of William'. The 
dates of her birth and of the marriag-e not ascertained. No issue. 
But they adopted Maturin' [146], son of William and Mary (Buck- 
lin) Ballou, when he was eight years of ag"e, l)rouglit him up, and 
made him their heir. This adopted son who was designated in 
some instruments " J/s," in others Maturin Ballou, "^rZ," m. Sarah 
Hawkins Oct. 16, 1820, us already stated. 

Maturin' made a Will April 27, 1821 ; l)ut in Oct. 1826, was 
bereaved of his wife. On account of this change in his circum- 
stances, or for other reasons, we find that, on the 10th of Aug-. 
1827, he deeded his homestead of 125 acres with all its l)uilding-s 
to his nephew, styled Maturin Ballou 2d, for the consideration of 


$1000, taking" back a Life-lease of tlie premises. How far this 
transaction modified tlie stipulations of his Will we are unable to 
state. It was legally approved Jan. 1, 1831. It prescribed and 
provided as follows. — 

" First, I give and Devise to my Beloved wife Barbary Ballon, 
her Heirs and Assigns, forever, one undivided Third \rAvi of my 
Homestead Farm, situate in said Smithfield, together with one 
tliird part of all the buildings thereon, in lieu of her Dower, upon 
Condition that she pay one third part of all vny just debts and 
funeral charges. I also give her one-half part of my Household 

Secondly, I give and Devise to my Nephew Matturin Ballon, Jr., 
his Heirs and assigns, forever, the residue or Two thirds of my 
said farm, together with Tavo thirds of all the buildings thereon, 
upon Condition that he pay Two thirds of all my just debts and 
funeral charges. I also give him the remainder half of my House- 
hold Furniture, and all my wearing apparel. 

Thirdly, as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal 
Estate, of what kind or nature soever, I give and Bequeath [it] to 
my said Beloved wife Barl)ary Ballon and to my said Nephew 
Matturin Ballon, to be Divided in the following manner, (that is 
to say), one third to my said Wife, the remaining Two thirds to 
my said Nephew. 

Lastly, I hereby appoint and constitute my Beloved Wife Bar- 
bary Ballon and Matturin Ballon, Jr., joint Executors to this my 
last will and testament." Closed in usual form, signed and sealed 
by testator Ai^l. 27, 1821, and witnessed by three persons. We 
observe that nothing is said in this Will of the nephew as an 
adopted son, and perhaps there had been no legal formality to that 
effect, but the general understanding always was that he was 
adopted, at least virtually and practically. We judge that the 
relationship between uncle, aunt and nephew was mutually a 
happy one. 

Maturin Ballon' and wife are represented to have been very 
exemplary and highly respected persons. Rev. David Benedict 
of Pawtucket, R. I., gave Mr. Peck an excellent report of them, as 
long regular attendants on his ministrj^, and of most worthy social 
standing. She d. in Oct. 1826, and he Oct. 27, 1830. Their re- 
nniins repose in a cemetery in the southwesterly section of Paw- 


[38.] Eebecca Ballou', Peter," Jolm% Matviriu' ; b. in then 
Providence, P. I., Aug-. 26, 1715; m. William Sprdgae, Jr., of said 
Smitlitield, cer. Apl. 10, 1738, by Daniel Jencks, J. P. Issue. — 

150—1. Martlia, 1). in Meudon, Ma«s., Feb. 12, 1739. 
151—2. Ruth, b. in Smithtield, E. I., May 22, 1741. 
152—3. Eleazer, b. in Smithtield, R. I., Jan. G, 1743. 

Nothing- more is reported of this family than that Mrs. Rebecca 
d. at a date not g-iven, and that Capt. William Sprague m. Mercy 
Walling- Aug-. 26, 1714. The chn. no further traced. 

[39.] Sauah Ballou', Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in then Prov- 
idence, R. I., Aug-. 30, 1717; m. RieJuml Amjell of Scituate, E. I.; 
cer. Jan. 25, 1767, by Jeremiah Angell, J. P. No issue. 

She seems to have been in her 50tli year when she entered into 
wedlock, and from the mention made of her in the Wills of her 
father and uncle Maturin'', we infer that she was held in high 
esteem for maiden usefulness and worth. Doubtless she was both 
ser\'iceable and ag-reeable among her relatives during her pro- 
tracted singleness, and no less so after marriage to the Angell 
who became her husband. No further traced. 

[10.] Hannah Ballou', Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, R. I., (Twin with Mary) Aug. 19, 1720; m. El>Giiezer. 
Bucklin. Nothing further ascertained. 

[11.] Maky Ballou', Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, R. I., (Twin Avith Hannah) Aug. 19, 1720 ; m. Olney. 

Nothing- further obtained. 

[12.] Rev. Maturin Ballou', Peter", John', Maturin' ; 1). in 
then Providence, later Smithtield, and now Lincoln, R. I., Oct. 30, 
1722; m. 1st Lydia ILirrin, dr. of Richard H-irris, b. in said Prov- 
idence Feb. 6, 1725 ; cer. in Smithtield 1711. Issue.— 

153— 1. Mary, b. Oct. 30, 1745; m. David BuHoek. 

154 — 2. Benjamin, b. Nov. 8, '47; m. Lydia Horton. 

155— 3. Amey, 1). June 0, '50; d. Oct. 12, 1750. 

15()— 4. Lydia, b. Oct. 21, '52; m. Samuel Moses Jan. 30, 1773. 

157— 5. Maturin, b. July 8, '55; d. u. m. Nov. 28, 1790, a. 35 yrs., 9 nios., 

20 ds. 

158— 0. David, li. Sei)t. 15, '58; m. 1st Mercy Harris, 2d Polly Gushing, 

3d C. Tyler. 

159— 7. Nathan, b. Sept. 9, '00; m. Mary Holl)rook. 

160— 8. Sarah, b. May 4, '63; m. Moses Wheaton Oct. 14, 1781. 



161— 9. Pliebe, b. May 24, '65; d. u. m. aged 20 yrs. 
162—10. Steplieu, h. Sept. 0, '68; m. ETitli Slater about 1793. 
163—11. Hosea, b. Apl. 30, '71; m. Rutli Waskburu Sept. 15, 1796. 

Mrs. Lydia (Harris) Ballon was the mother of these eleven 
children. Nine of them were b. in the County of Providence, R. 
I., and the youngest two in Richmond, H. N. She was a woman 
of great energy, capability, and affection — a noble helpmeet and 
devoted companion of her husband, and an excellent mother to 
her chn. But she was summoned from earth Hfe while the young- 
est was yet an infant and several of the next older sadly needed 
her tender care. She d. in Richmond, N. H., Dec. 21, 1773, a. 45 
yrs. 10 nios. 15 ds. Rev. Maturin' m. 2d, Wid. Lydia Bliss of 
Attleboro', Mass., Sept. 15, 1774. No issue. Of this lady no char- 
acteristics have come down to us, but we presume them to have 
been good. Nor have we any account of her decease, but have 
some reason to believe it took i)lace in 1790 or '91. 

Rev. Maturin' first settled on a portion of his father's homestead 
in then Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I. He was a Turner by trade, 
and is so styled in several legal instruments. Tradition reports 
him to have been, for a time, a manufacturer, prob. on a small 
scale, of spinning wheels, such as our grand dames of former gen- 
erations used for working up wool and flax. He seems to have 
been l)otli a mechanic and farmer, as well as preacher, and always 
a hard laboring man. He became deepl}^ religious in early life, 
and a devoted member of the Calvinistic Baptist church. In 1752, 
at the age of thirty years, he commenced preaching in that denom- 
ination, and continued in its ministry over half a century. No 
particulars have reached us of his early religious experiences, his 
call to the ministry, his preparation for it, his approbation, or 
induction. The Baiitists of that day had no Theological Schools, 
Professors of Divinity, dignified ecclesiastics,, or tempting salaries. 
They were poor, humble and unpopular, but intensely conscien- 
tious, zealous and earnest in their work. Their ministers claimed 
to receive their call directly from heaven, depended little on scho- 
lastic preparation, preached almost gratis wherever they found an 
opening, and generally bore the simple title. Elder, even after 
ordination. Such probably was substantially Maturin Ballou's 
experience as a Baptist minister. In 1754 he removed to Paw- 
tucket, where he l)uilt him a dwelling house and perhaps a me- 
chanic shop; preaching there and in the general vicinity with 
more or less regularity. Mr. Peck, in 1862, found that domicile, 
with a small later addition, still standing on a corner at the 


junction of Main and Nortli Union Streets. Tliis locality with 
a large i)art of Pawtncket, was then enil)raced in Providence, but 
in 1707 was incorporated as North Providence. In 1759 Kev. 
Maturin and Lydia his wife deeded this Pawtucket real estate, 
for $1400, to AVilliani Jenckes of Cumberland. "See No. Provi- 
dence Records, B. 1, p. 324. He had already sold the land 
A\dlled him by his father to his brother Peter'. Date of deed 
Oct. 13, 1758. See Smithfield Pvecs. B. 4, p. 330. He next re- 
moved to Scituate, E. I., to that part of the town afterward incor- 
porated as Foster. There he purchased a small homestead of 
one James Seamans, April 20, 1759, on which he wroug-lit dili- 
gently for the support of himself and family — ministering to the 
people of that vicinity on the Sabbath without salary, and attend- 
ing numerous funerals with little but thanks for his services. He 
remained in Scituate till 1767. 

Aboiit that time a general interest had sprung up in the County 
of Providence in favor of emigration to Bichmond, N. H., where 
considerable tracts of new land were offered for sale at temptingly 
low prices. Many farmers in Smithheld, Glocester, Cumberland 
and the neighboring towns, who had large families growing up 
to need homes, or who otherwise desired to better their circum- 
stances, made haste to purchase those Bichmond, N. H. lands, 
where small outlays would secure ample homesteads. Among the 
emigrants were several families of Ballous. Bev. Maturin joined 
the movement. He sold that part of his homestead, described as 
lying on the "west side of the road," for =£33-3s., to his brother-in- 
laAv, Squire BuckHn, the husband of his sister Hopestill; date 
Aug. 12, 1767. See Scituate records, B, 6, p. 583. The same day 
he and his wife deeded to Christopher Colwell for £79-6s., the 
remainder of their farm, lying " on the east side of the road." B. 
5, p. 714. 

On the 8tli of Oct. ensuing he bought of Jacob Bump, in the 
northeasterly section of Bichmond, N. H., Lot 18 in Bange 4, con- 
taining 80 acres mostly uncleared land, for which he paid £15. 
There the family forthwith settled, and there amid toil and priva- 
tion, he pursued his ministry to a handful of new settlers. He 
was among the first, if not the very first, to preach the Baptist 
gospel in New Hampshire. He soon gathered a Baptist church 
in his section of Bichmond, over which he was formally ordained 
as pastor in the year 1770, and continued to officiate successfully 
until 1778. Afterwards he preached more or less frequently in 
the surrounding region till near the period of his decease — com- 


pletino' a ministry of about fifty years. We have understood 
that lie would never receive any stijjulated compensation for his 
ministerial services — beino* conscientiously scrupulous against it. 
Whether he took this position on the ground of x^rinciple, or from 
a sense of unworthiness, or both, we are not informed. Somewhat 
of the latter is probable ; for he is said to have been a remarkably 
diffident, humble, modest and unassuming, as well as devoutly 
faithful man. Whatever the ground of his scrupulosity on this 
point, it largely augmented his necessity for manual toil and eco- 
nomic frugality; for he had a numerous family to provide for, 
and to launch on the voyage of life. And, though blessed with a 
most efficient helpmeet, his heart, hands and head must always 
have been under a constant strain. One result was, his children 
grew up under privations which would now by many be deemed 
almost intolerable; but which, nevertheless, compensatively pre- 
served them fi'om enervating influences, and gave them \agorous, 
executive constitutions. There are much more deprecable calam- 
ities than homely fare, coarse garments, and toughening industry. 
Those children had parents to love, revere and be thankful for. 
Both father and mother are reputed to have been eminent for 
tender affection and wholesome discipline toward their offspring. 
Besides their wortlij' daughters, they reared no less worthy sons. 
Four of those sons became more or less distinguished preachers ; 
viz. Benjamin, for many years a Baptist, l)ut finally a Universalist ; 
Maturin, who lived and died in the Baptist ministry ; David, first 
a Baptist, and then for many years a Universalist minister; and 
Hosea, the youngest, renowned as a champion of Universalism 
wherever Universahsm is known. Among their grand children, 
the same denomination makes honorable claim to Revs. Moses Bal- 
lon, Hosea Faxon Ballou, and Massena B. Ballon. Among their 
great grandsons, that denomination has on its roll of distinction 
Rev. Hosea Ballou 2d, the first among his ministerial brethren to 
receive the title D. D. and first President of Tufts college ; also 
his two bros., Revs. William S. and Levi Ballou; also Rev. Russell 
A. Ballou and Rev. James H. Ballou, in other lines. These seem 
to be uncommonly rich findings for the Universalists to derive 
from one Calvinistic Baptist mine. 

Rev. Maturin' is described as a man of large and commanding 
presence, stalwart for labor, an adroit horseman even down to old 
age, and a man of prudential, as well as executive accomplish- 
ment. He is said to have been a plain spoken, earnest, and some- 
times eloquent preacher, as judged by the old-time standard of 


his denomination. The town of Eichmond honored him with 
several positions of official responsibility, and he descended into 
the vale of old age haloed with reverential esteem. His son Na- 
than appears to have had the fostering care of his declining years, 
in the bosom of whose family he calmly gave up the ghost. The 
records show that he gave Nathan his homestead l)y deed Nov. 
12, 1791, and took of him a life-lease back for his maintenance. 
See Kecs. of Cheshire Co. at Keene, N. H., B. 19, p. 144, and B. 
20, p. 502. As his 2d wife's name "does not appear in these instrn- 
meuts, we conclnde that she must have passed away some little 
time previously to Nov. 12, 1791. We were somewhat surprised 
to learn that the plain headstones in the graveyard where the 
remains of himself and two ^vives repose present only their naked 
initials, " M. B. and L. B.," without a word or date. And of his 
death we have been unable to find any more specific date than 

[43.] Abigail Ballou', Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, soon after Smithfield, and now Lincoln, R. I., Mar. 
20, 1725 ; m. Henry Fincli of Smithfield, llis ptge., l)irth-date and 
particulars of mge. not found. Issue. — 

1(54—1. Hopestill riiicli, 1). Mar. 28, 1751. 

lf)5— 2. Stephen Finch, b. Mar. 6, 1754. 

166—3. Peter Finch, b. Oct. 8, '56. 

167—4. Kebecca Finch, b. Sept. 11, '58. 

168—5. Henry Finch, li. Jnly 16, '60. 

We have sought in vain for information concerning these par- 
ents, their elm. and descendants. Our researchers report only 
what appears aliove. We must therefore relegate them to the 
limbo of the untraceable. 

[44.] Amey Ballou', Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, soon after Smithfield, and now Lincoln, R. I., Sept. 5, 1727 ; 
m. a Mr. Jencks, and they may have had issue. It seems pitiable 
that our researchers coidd find no trail of the family, and no clew 
whereby to thread them downward. We regret it, Init must aban- 
don them to the obscurity which is to us impenetrable. 

[45.] Elizabeth Ballou', Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, immediately after Smithfield, and now Lincoln, R, I. ; 
not fiTrther traceable ; supposed to have d. in infancy. 


[•IG.] HoPESTiLL Ballou', Peter', Jolm', Maturin' ; h. in tlieu 
Smitlilield, now Lincoln, R. I., date not found ; m. Squire Buek- 
//;^_particnlars of mge., &c., not ascertained. Said to have settled 
in Foster, R. I., and to liave had issue ; but everything- concern- 
ing them is shrouded in mystification and vague uncertainty. It 
ought to be otherwise, but we must submit to our jnivation of 
light. * 

[47. 1 Peter Ballou', Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. in then Smith- 
field, now Lincoln, Pt. I., in the yr. 1737; m. J'Jlsie BucM'iii, b. in 
Seekonk, Mass., in 1738 ; particulars of mge., &c., not reported to 
us. Issue. — 

169—1. Susanna, 1>. date not found ; m. Sargeant Blaisdell about 1770. 

170—3. Oliver, h. " " m. 1st Tiffanj^ 2d Mary Sinionds. 

171_3. Steplien, b. " " m. Eaehel Smith, hardly traceable. 

173—4. Nathaniel, b. " " untraceable, nothing ascertained. 

173—5. Peter, Dr., b. Jan. 9, 1763 ; m. 1st Amey Bishop, 2d Euth Sheldon. 

174—6. Daniel, b. date not found ; m. ; had 1 son— all d. in Yt. 

175—7. Elsie, 1). Jan. 12, 1778 ; m. Sabbinus Pierce. 

These chn. were aU b. in Smithfield, now Lincoln, on the patri- 
monial homestead, a portion of which Peter' inherited, and another 
portion of which was sold to him by his bro. Rev. Maturin in 1758. 
We are poor in desirable matter for a biographical sketch of this 
Peter Ballon. We are fin-ther informed only that he grew tired 
of his native home, sold it out about the year 1797, purchased a 
farm in Brimfield, Mass., and settled thereon, which he occupied 
until his decease, sometime during 1815, aged about 78 yrs. Mrs. 
Elsie, his T\dd., went to reside with her youngest dr., Elsie Pierce, 
in Monson, Mass., where she did not live out the year 1815. They 
were pious Baptists. 

[48.] Mercy B.allou', Peter', John"', Maturin' ; b. in Smith- 
field, now Lincoln, R. I., at a date not found ; m. Elijah Bvrklin, 
particulars not found, and had at least one daughter— Cliloe Buck- 
Hn. She m. Anthony Dyer of Providence, and had Mahala, Otis 
and Martha. We found these facts among Mr. Peck's pencilled 
memoranda, somewhat out of season for convenient tracement 
and numbering, and therefore pursue the descent no further. 
Mercy' was the 11th and youngest dr. of Peter', and he left her 
£ 20 in his Will, she being then unmarried. 

[55.] Sarah Ballou\ James', James"', Maturin'; b. in then 


Wrentliani, Mass., afterwards Cuniberlaiid, R. I., Nov. 15, 1713 ; 
m. UriaJt J'tUsoti\ Nathaniel", James', b. x)rob. m Attleboro', Mass., 
date not found ; date of marriage not ascertained. Issue. — 

176—1. Euus Jillson, h. June 35, 1785 ; m. Pliebe Jencks Oct. 31, 1756. 
177._2. Anna Jillson, b. Oct. 14, '86 ; m. John Darling-' Dec. 4, 1757. 
178_3. Phillis Jillson, b. Oct. 31, '38 ; ni. Nicholas Cook^ Apl. 18, 1765. 
179—4. Stephen Jillson, b. Feb. 16, '41 ; ui. Hannah Peck Dec. 81, 1761, 

&c., itc. 
180—5. Catherine Jillson, b. Jnly 18, '48 ; m. Joseph Merritield, Apl. 18, 

181—6. Sarah Jillson, b. Dec. 8, '45 ; m. Silas Gaskill Mar. 4, 1765. 
182—7. Elizabeth Jillson, 1). Mar. 10, '48; m. Aln-ahani Cook, Jr. 
183—8. Uriah Jillson, b. May 8, '50; m. Elizabeth Clark Dec. 3, 1772. 
184—9. Paul Jillson, b. Dec. 6, '52 ; m. Martha Clark Jan. 8, 1778. 

These nine chn. were all born on territory now Cumberland, 
E. I., before or after its incorxioration as a town. The moral and 
social standing- of the family was good. Uriah Jillson^ was a 
large landholder and successful husbandman. He was also an 
intelligent citizen and entrusted with many municipal offices in 
the early days of Cumberland ; such as Valuator of real estate, 
Town Sergeant, Grand Juryman, Tow^n Treasurer, Justice of the 
Peace, <fec. He d. intestate Sept. 16, 1781, and his estate was set- 
tled by his widow and eldest son, as joint administrators. Mrs. 
Sarah (Ballon) Jillson d. in Cumberland Apl. 10, 1795, a, 71 yrs. 5 
mos. and 4 ds. 

Fac-simile of the Signature of Ukiah Jillson, 1745. 

[56.] Ariel B.yllou", James'', James", Maturin'; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 18, 1715 ; 
m. Jerusha Slack, dr. of Benjamin and Jerusha (Whiting) Slack, 
b. in Attleboro', Mass., Oct. 1, 1722 — date and particulars of mge. 
not found. Issue. — 

Jemima, b. Nov. 23, 1741 ; m. Martin Bounds Mar. 1, 1764. 
Jerusha, b. Nov. 13, '45 ; m. Ezekiel Cook^ Oct. 21, 1763. 
Chloe, b. Mar. 16, '49; m. Philip Aldrich May 4, 1771. 
Melatiah, b. Mar. 26, '52 ; d. in infancy. 
Catherine, b. Aug. 21, '54; m. Elisha Sayles Nov. 16, 1775. 
Duty, b. Apl. 22, '56; ni. Waitstill Jillson Dec. 24, 1778. 
Ariel, b. Feb. 21, '58 ; m. 1st Lucina Comstock, 2d Edilda Tower. 
Eunice, b. June 28, '60; m. Daniel Sayles Jan. 4, 1778. 

















193— 9. Esther, b. Mar. 18, 1762 ; m. Solomon Braley Oct. 28, 1780. 
194—10. Selah, b. May 17, '64 ; m. Saul Scott May 13, 1781. 

The first two of tliese ten chn. were b. on territory then known 
as Wrentham, Mass., and the other eig-ht on the same territory 
after it was known as Cumlierhmd, R. I. Ariel Ballon' settled, 
lived, and died on a homestead given him by deed of his father, 
Janies^ alread}^ mentioned, bearing date Oct. 28, 174G. This pat- 
rimonial estate, with considerable snbseqnent enlargements by 
purchase, is situated about a mile northerly from Iron Rock Hill 
and the ancient Ballon Meetinghouse, lying partly in Cumberland 
and partly in the extreme southwesterly part of Wrentham, Mass., 
as the State line was finally established. It descended to ArieP 
and fi'oni him to his son Alfi'ed", recently deceased, whose heirs 
now inherit it. It is the same on which the writer of this volume 
was born and spent the early part of his life. 

ArieF, wife and family sustained a respectable standing among 
the middling interest class of their rural vicinage. He himself 
Avas an upright, industrious, economical, orderly and peaceable 
citizen- — ^unambitious of political distinction and popular display, 
but a good exemplar of substantial usefulness, and several times 
accepting i)ositions of official responsil jility as a townsman. He 
was a supporter of the Six Principle Baptist ministry of his local- 
ity, but we have found no record of his church membership, 
though it is probable he stood in that relation. We find Mrs. 
Jerusha, his wife, unmistakably enrolled in the company of Chris- 
tian professors, and several of her children. A very severe sick- 
ness in middle age, with perhaps improper use of mercurial med- 
ication, greatly impaired the subsequent activity, health and 
comfort of Ariel*. His lower limbs were so sadly crippled that 
for many years he was unable to walk, and could only be moved 
about in an invalid's chair. He died before our birth ; but we 
have heard our father relate that when grandfather desired to get 
out of doors and witness the farming improvements being- made, 
his chair had to be slung carefully on hay-poles, and borne wdth 
him in it by two men into the field. There quietly seated, he 
could enjoy a view of operations going on till ready to be carried 
back to his sitting room. AVlien he found himself disabled from 
the management of his homestead, he is understood to have di- 
vided it by gift-deeds between his two sons, Duty and Ariel, Jr., 
taking life-leases back for the support of himself and wife. But 
a fatal casualty bereaved him of his son Duty in 1783, just as he 


was qettiii.^' started in the business of life with a wife and three 
httle children. A tree, which he Avas felling-, in some manner 
lodged, rebonnded and struck him to the ground — so injuring- 
him that he lived only a short time. This calamitous event very 
naturally rolled a dark wave of affliction not only over his widow 
and elm., Imt also over his ag-ed parents and other near relatives. 
At length ArieF deemed it prudent to prepare for his own de- 
parture, by making- his Will ; which duty he performed June 12, 
178(). The following- are its only imjxjrtant testamentary si>eciti- 
catious. — 

"I give to my loving- wife Jerusha, whom I likewise constitute, 
make and ordain my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Tes- 
tament, the one third part of the improvement, profits, and income 
of all my real estate, and all the improvement of my personal 
estate, during the full term of her natural life, except what is here- 
after given to my beloved son Ariel Ballon. 

I give to my well beloved son, Ariel Ballo\i, Jr., all my farming- 
utensils and wearing apparel, and also all my part of a tract <jf 
land lying in said Cumberland, containing about six acres in the 
whole undivided, and is the Chestnut Island so called ; to him the 
said Ariel Ballon, Jr. his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple, 
on the express condition, that the said Ariel Ballon, Jr., pay the 
following legacies to my six daughters, and my grandson, called 
by the name of George Staples. 

I give to Jerusha Cook, Chloe Aldrich, Catherine Sayles, Eu- 
nice Sayles, Esther Braley, and Selah Scott, twelve pounds, to be 
equally divided (or forty shillings each) among them all. 

I give to my beloved grand son George Staples fifteen pounds. 

I give to my beloved grand children, the children of my son 
Dut}^, deceased, fifteen shillings; and to the children of my 
daughter, Jemima Rounds, fifteen shillings, — and lastly my mind 
and will is, that what shall be remaining of my stock of cattle and 
household goods, after the payment of my just debts is i)aid oiit 
of the same, and at the death of my said loving wife, be equally 
divided betw^een my aforesaid six daughters." The usual closing- 
revocation of all former wills, and attestation of witnesses — who 
Avere Lucyna Ballon, Otis Wlii}>ple and Samuel Scott. 

The testator d. April 1(3, 1791, and his remains rest with those of 
his kindred in the Ballon Burying Ground, where his grave is 
marked by a plain headstone ^\\i\\ a simple commemorative in- 
scription. He (1. in the 76tli year of his age. Mrs. Jerusha, his 



Avidow, survived liiiii t)ver live yrs. She made her Will 8e})t. 2',), 
171)5, devising' small legacies to her son Ariel and several of her 
gd. chn., but the bulk of her property, consisting of personal 
effects, to her daughters — the same named in her husband's Will 
— to be equally divided among them ; constituting her son-in-law, 
Saul Scott of Belliughani, Mass., her Executor. The witnesses 
were Samuel Scott, Joseph Swift, and Samuel Scott, Jr. Her 
gravestone in the Ballou Burying Ground bears this inscription. — 
" In Memory of Mrs. Jerusha, Eelict of Mr. Ariel Ballou. who died 
October y" 14, 1796, in the 74th year of her Age." 

Fac-simile of the SiGNATt^RE OF Ariel Ballot", 1745. 

[57.] Bathsheea Ballou', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass, afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 26, 1717 ; m. 
1st Michael KeitJi, ptge., birth-date, &c., not ascertained; cer. Jan. 
27, 1742, by William Arnold, J. P. Issue.— 

195—1. Mary Keith, b. prob. 1744; m. Joseph Swift Dec. 6, 17G4. 
lUG— 2. Esther Keith, h. prol). 174(3; m. Asa Thompson Mar. 8, 17(54. 

We have sought in vain to learn the iiarentage, birth-date, resi- 
dence and occupation of Michael Keith. We suppose he must 
have had his home in Attlelwro' Gore, Smithfield, or one of the 
neighboring towns. We conjecture he must have d. not far from 
1746. However this may have been, we find that his widow, Mrs. 
Bathsheba', m. 2d, Ehsha Newell, Dec. 25, 1748, cer. by Job Bart- 
lett, J. P. This Elisha Newell was b. in Roxbury, Mass., Mar. 21, 
1713, being 4th in descent from Abraham Newell; thus — Elisha', 
Jacob'', Jacob", Abraham'. Elisha was a widower when he m. 
Bathsheba\ His 1st wife was Susanna Ballou', dr. of Obadiah', a 
cousin of Bathsheba, by whom he had 2 sons — all which will w\>- 
pear in its genealogical order. Issue. — 

Martha Newell, b. Aug. (), 1749; nothinp: ascertained. 
Elisha Newell, b. May 14, '51; m. Phebe Smith Sept. 9, 1779. 
Bathsheba Newell, b. Dec. 22, '53; m. Samuel Scott, Jr., Feb. 7, 

Jason Newell, b. Jan. 22, '57; m. Sarah . 

Patience Newell, b. Jan. 19, '59; m. William Wliitely in 1779. 

These chn. were all b. in Cumberland, E. I., on the parental 
homestead. That homestead was situated on the old "Ilehoboth 
Road," so called, Avhich came down from Mendon through South 












Belling'liam, over the liig^h land, and onward to C-uniberland Hill. 
It was afterwards known as the Silas Clark place, and is noAV 
owned by Albert A. Smith. It was crossed by the State line, 
lying' partly in Cunibei-land, and partly in Bellinghani, Mass. 
Elislia NewelP and wife held respectable standing' in the old 
fashioned farming community. He seems to have closed his 
earthly career in the prime of middle ag-e. His Will may be found 
on Cumberland Recs. B. 4, p. 2G0, bearing date Feb. 16, 17G2. He 
gave the use and improvement of all his real and personal estate 
to his wife, for maintenance of the chn., till the youngest son 
should became of age. Then the real was to be equally divided 
lietween his four sons, Aaron and David by his 1st wife, and 
Elislia and Jason by his 2d. Special bequests were made to his 
three drs., and the two step-drs., Mary and Esther Keith, were to 
have Avhat property came from their father with their mother oh 
her second marriage. He d. Apl. 14, 1762, ag-ed a little over 48 
yrs. Certain records inform us that Mrs. Bathslieba, in her second 
widowhood, was baptized Aug*. 12, 1764, and became a member of 
the Six Principle Baptist church in her native vicinage. We learn 
but little more of her subsequent life, and are unable to state 
where or when she died. After the youngest son became of age, 
the homestead was divided, and at length passed out of the family 

[58.] Maetha Ballou', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 6, 1720 ; m. 
Nathdinel Cook\ Dea. Nicholas', Nicholas'^ Walter', 1). in then 
Dedliam Gore, soon after Bellinghani, Mass., Sept. 15, 1718 ; cer. 
Jan. 27, 1742, l)y WilHani Arnold, J. P. Issue.— 

302— 1. Jerusha Cook, b. Ai)l. 2, 1743; m. Thomas Wood Jan. 12, 1764. 

203— 2. James Cook, b. July 23, '44; d. Jan. 22, 1748. 

204— 3. Elias Cook, b. Aug. 15, '46; d. Dec. 14, 1746. 

205— 4. Nathaniel Cook, b. Apl. 4, '48; m. Amey Whipple Nov. 24, 1768. 

206— 5. Ariel Cook, b. Oct. 15, '49; m. Dorcas Wliipple Feb. 20, 1772. 

207— 6. Martha Cook, b. Sept. 18, '51; m. Amos Whipple Dec. 12, 1782. 

208— 7. Silas Cook, b. Mar. 23, '53; m. Joanna Darling Oct. 26, 1775. 

209— 8. Phel)e Cook, b. Jan. 15, '55; m. Joseph Thayer May 28, 1778. 

210— 9. Elizabeth Cook, b. Apl. 25, '57; m. Benjamin Thayer Sept. 16, 1779. 
211—10. Judith Cook, b. Jan. 19, '59; m. Nicholas Thayer Nov. 16, 1783. 
212—11. Ananias Cook, b. June 12, '61; m. Sally Butler Dec. 11, 1783. 

Martha (Ballon) Cook and her husband had their homestead 
about a mile north of Cumberland Hill on the road leading to 
Wrentham, and the same distance south of the Ballon Meeting- 

76 BE con T) OF MA R THA {BA L L U ) CO OK' . 

house. Their domicile stood onh^ a few rods from the Darius 
Cook house, latterly owned by Orlando Vose. Nathaniel' became 
a conspicuous man l)oth in secular and ecclesiastical affairs, espe- 
cially in the latter. Besides being- an indiistrious and thrifty 
farmer, and also often a trusted municipal official, he was for 
many years colleague pastor with his uncle Josiah Cook' of the 
Six Principle Baptist church that worshipped in what was first 
called the "Elder Cook Meetinghouse," and afterwards the "Elder 
Ballon Meetinghouse." It would be interesting, if we had the 
requisite authentic data, to present the history of that church. 
But both records and traditions are very scanty."' We know, in 
general, that from 1639, wdien the Baptist church in Providence 
was instituted, the oldest in America, the Baptist denomination 
was actively propagated by its ministry in the Colony of Rhode 
Island, in the adjacent parts of the Plymouth and Massachusetts 
Colonies, and indeed, bef(n-e long, in all the Colonies. But Provi- 
dence was eminently a radiating centre. Swansey became another 
smaller but vigorous one as early as 1663, and Eehoboth soon 
swarmed with adherents. Nearly all the preaching among the 
early Rhode Islanders was Baptist ; and the border settlements, 
too, were sprinkled with converts — Attleborough and its Gore, 
Wrentham, Bellingham, &c. The Ballous were hereditarily be- 
lievers, or at least favorers, of the Baptist faith and order. And 
the Cooks, in the branch under notice, furnished many ready dis- 
ciples. Nicholas" in Bellingham was the first Baptist Deacon 
there, as early as 1737. His brother Josiah, before mentioned, 
soon joined him, as did several of his own sons — among whom 
was Nathanier. Meantime the multiplying inhabitants of the 
"Ballon neighborhood," so called, had become ripe for instituting" 
l)ul)lic worship. All attempts to ascertain when the people of that 
neighborhood began to hold religious meetings, receive baptism 
and prepare for building their Meetinghouse, have failed as to 
the exact dates.1" As already stated in connection with the family 
record of James Ballon", we know that the Meetinghouse had 
been erected when he deeded the site on Avhicli it stands March 

* Backus, Vol. 3, p. 99, in list of cliurchus in 1795, says " (Auuborland cliurch was organized in 

Benedict says " the first Baptist churcli in Cumberland was organized in 1732." 
' And Richard Knight, in his History of the Six principle Baptists, pub. in 1827, says " it appears 
that this church was formed in 1732, in the full faith and practice of the Six principles of Christ's 
doctrine and that Elder Josiah Cooke was the tirst pastor therein that we have any account of." 

i The Scituatc church was organized in 1725, a meeting house was erected the year following and 
a deed of the land was given several years after. Showing that though the pioneers of that day- 
were "men of deeds not words," they were slow in writing or recording them. 


22, 1749. The Burying" Ground was also' [)rovi(lefT for by 0])a- 
diah Ballou about the same time. These known facts warrant us 
in assuming' that, wdienever the churcli may have been organized, 
the Meetinghouse was built but a short time before. We need 
not repeat much of what we said on this topic in the connection 
above referred to. Josiali Cook w^as virtually, if not nominally, 
the tirst pastor of this Baptist fl(^ck ; and his nephew Nathaniel' 
was soon formally associated with him as joint pastor. They 
were officially entitled Elder in those days. The earliest docu- 
ment of that Chimberland chiirch, believed to he now extant, bears 
date 1753, and distinctly recognizes these tw-o Elder Cooks as in 
joint pastoral charge of it. And so they continued until near the 
time of their respective deaths — -which took place within about a 
year of each other. Elder Josiah w^as 1). in 1691, and d. in 1774, 
aged 83 years. It is understood that he frequently preached for 
some twenty years, subsisting himself as a diligent farmer, wholly 
unsalarized. Of his performances in public we have no testimo- 
nials. He probably became superannuated some few years before 
his decease. Tradition testifies that Elder Nathaniel was much 
the superior of his uncle in i^uliut eloquence and funeral services. 
He preached often and regularly, attended many funerals, and 
solemnized numerous marriag'es. In fine, he was a popular and 
influential man in all his public and private relations. He, too, 
was unconi]u-omisingly opposed to clerical salaries, and to all 
coercive . support of public worship — things in that day consid- 
ered inseparable. And he was eminently capable of providing 
for himself and large family by secular occuiiations. But he was 
cut off from mortal life in the ripeness of middle age and use- 
fulness. He d. Apl. 17, 1773, just 11 days over a year before his 
uncle. Elder Josiah, being then aged 54 yrs. 7 mos. 2 ds. His 
son, NathanieP, settled his estate as administrator. The memo- 
rial headstone of his grave may be found in the Ballou Burying- 
Ground, with this inscription. — "In memory of Nathaniel Cook, 
Eld', of y' First Baptist Churcli in Cumberland. He died Apr. 
17, 1773, in the 55th year of his Age." 



Fac-simujES of the Signatures of Nathaniel and Josiah Cook, 1745. 


Mrs. Martha', his widow, survived him over 30 years. The late 
Ariel Cook, Esq., of Woonsocket, R. I., who lived to be between 
95 and 100 yrs. old, was her gd. son. He had a vivid recollection 
of her in his extreme old age, and, in conversation with Mr. Peck, 
spoke with great veneration and tender affection of her excellent 
qualities, especially in her domestic relations. All tradition gives 
her a good name for sound sense and Christian virtues. She was 
undoubtedly a congenial companion and helpmeet of her husband 
while he lived, and a most exemplary widow during the many 
years of her survival. Her grave-stone, by the side of her hus- 
band's, simply commemorates her thus. — "Mrs. Martha Cook, 
Relict of the Rev. Nathaniel Cook, died July y^ 15, 1803, in y*^ 83d 
year of her Age." 

[59.] James Ballou', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 10, 1723 ; 
m. Tamashi Cook, dr. of DanieF, Nicholas', Walter', b. perhaps 
in Bellingham, perhaps Wrentham, Mass., June IC, 1725 ; cer. 
June 7, 1744, by William Arnold, J. P. Issue. — * 

213— 1. Setli, b. Feb. 30, 1748; m. Margaret Hilton. 

314— 3. Olive, b. May 13, '51 ; m. Preserved Wliipple. 

215— 3. Silas, b. Fel). 34, '53; m. Hannah Hilton Apl. 17, 1774. 

316 — 4. Snsannali, b. June 16, '55; m. Nathan Harkness June 4, 1775. 

317— 5. Oziel, b. July 11, '57; m. Hannah Eobinson Dec. 7, 1790. 

318— 6. Tamasin, b. June 39, '59; m. Ebnezer Swan, M. D., Feb. 15, 1778. 

319— 7. James, b. Apl. 35, '61; m. Mehitaliel Ingalls Nov. 5, 1786. 

320— 8. Eussell, b. July 11, '63; m. 1st Henrietta Aldrich Feb. 23, 1783. ' 
331— 9. Aaron, b. Sept. 35, '66; m. Catherine Bowen Sept. 8, 1786. 
333—10. Daniel, b. May 36, '68; m. Mary Hix Apl. 8, 1787. 

333—11. Priscilla, b. Jan. 3, '73; m. Nathan Bullock Feb. 38, 1790. 

James Ballon' and wife were callable, enterprising and worthy 
persons. He was the favorite son of his parents, and settled down 
with them on their homestead hereinbefore described as near the 
Ballou Meetinghouse.' He was made a freeman of the new town 
of Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 19, 1749, and became an active citizen. 
There he and his wife remained till after his parents had passed 
away. There all their chn. were born, and some of the senior ones 
became old enough to form matrimonial connections. But at 
length emigration seemed desirable, and almost a necessity for so 
large a family. Richmond, N. H., was attracting settlers from 
Rhode Island, and land there was selling at moderate prices. 

* We have since learned on good authority that two older sons, James and John, d. young. 



Ballou Meeting House, Cumberland, E. I. 

Ballou Meeting House. — Interior. 

The result was, tliat Janies^ sold out his homestead of one hun- 
dred and twenty acres to his cousin Abner Ballou (i)astor of the 
Six Principle Baptist church") and prepared for his removal to a 
new home. His deed to Abner bears date Oct. 4, 1774. See 
Cumberland, K. I., Records. He had previously sold to the same 
grantee sundry small pieces of land in the near vicinity. The 
next year, 1775, James' settled in Richmond, N. H., where then, 


or not long after, lie bonglit land enough, in eiglitj^ acre lots, to 
give all his seven sons eligible farms, as it were in a row. Those 
farms occupied a spacious swell of soil, now called " Ballou's Hill," 
but for along time known as the "Ballon Neighborhood" — like 
that in Cumberland, R. I., from which the emigrants came. There 
James and Tamasin Ballon spent the remainder of their earthly 
days with their children and grand elm. around them. They were 
professed Baptists from their youth — certainly he was one, be- 
longing for many years to the church in his native vicinage. But 
between 1760 and '65 he and nearly a dozen other members of 
that church became deeply interested in the revivalism of the 
" New Lights," then so called — a marked peculiarity of whose 
movement was to hold frecpient meetings in x^rivate houses for 
prayer, exhortation and the singing of hymns. Those meetings 
encouraged the laity to pray, exhort and sing as they felt moved, 
without the sanction of the organized churches and their pastors] 
which caused manj^ schisms throughout the country. James^ was 
an active leader in such meetings. The Six Principle Baptist 
church, its pastors and staid members, remonstrated Avitli the 
offenders, admonished them, and finally denounced them as dis- 
orderly schismatics. The Cundierland church were rigid opposers 
of singing* in religious meetings, of free lay exhortations, of com- 
munion with unimmersed professors, and indeed of this whole 
New Light movement. So there was a serious breach of fellow- 
ship between the parties, to tlie detriment of both. After settling 
in Richmond, N. H., where two Baptist 'churches were planted in 
different parts of the town, designated as the East and West so- 
cieties, Janies^ affiliated with the West church — which was the 
more lil)eral of the two. But here a new trouble broke out in a 
fi-eak of spiritual v:ifer]/, whereby a considerable uumlier of the 
members became infatuated, insomuch that several discarded their 
old wives and took new ones. They called the former " old flood 
Avives," and their new ones "spiritual wives." These fanatics 
selected a new wife for James, whereat he became so disgusted 
that he ciuit the church forever, and resolved to be a christian on 
free ground, according to his own highest convictions. The spirit- 
ual wife contagion soon died out, after the desolation of a few 
families ; but James' returned no more to the Baptist fold. After 
much investigation he settled down in the faith of final universal 
restoration, and became one of its outspoken advocates in occa- 
sional i)u])lic meetings. His grandson, Russell Wliipi)le of Rich- 
mond, N. H., now some time deceased, in one of his letters to Mr. 


Peck, thus cliaracterized liiiii. — "My orandfatlier Ballon was a 
stiictl}^ honest, straight-forward, eonscientions man." AVe have 
no donbt that he was, and that his wife Taniasin was of like 
worthy character. After the foregoing had l)een some time writ- 
ten Frederick M. Ballon, Esq., our special researcher in behalf of 
this Work, visited Richmond, N. H., made fresh inquiries for data, 
and examined the County Records in Keene. He thus broiight 
to light many additional facts, some of which were quite unex- 
pected. One of these was the 2d mge. of James\ It seems that 
Mrs. Tamasin d. A^)!. 25, 1804, and that her aged husband m. 2d, 
Mrs. Jlx/da/i Carpenter, wid. of Joseph Carpenter, June 19, 180(5. 
Of her nothing further was ascertained. He had long before dis- 
posed of his real estate among his sons by gift-deeds, and retained 
but a small amount of personal. This he bequeathed by Will May 
7, 1792. This Will was probated after decease, and his estate set- 
tled by his son-in-law, Nathan Harkuess. He d. Jan. 21, 1812, 
Avith his sou Oziel, aged 88 yrs. 1 mo. and 9 ds. His remains 
were buried in the "Cass Grave Yard." 

^'^UJj.i^ ^olU at(^ 

Fac-simile of the Signature of Jambs Balloxt, 1745. 

[60.] Elisha Ballou', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wreutham, afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 15, 1726 ; m. ILp- 
zilxiJi 'Thayer, dr. of William', Thomas', Ferdinando', Thomas', 
mother's maiden name, Abigail Sumner, b. in Mendon, Mass., 
Dec. 13, 1730; cer. in Mendon, Nov. 30, 1748. Issue— all b. in 
Cumberland, R. I. — 

224—1. Silence, b. Mur. 20, 1750; ni. Israel Wilkinson Feb. 14, 1772. 

225—2. Phebe, b. Jan. 19, '52; m. Col. George Peck. 

226 — 3. Joanna, b. Mar. 21, '54; m. Chad Smitli. 

228—4. Lydia, b. Feb. 14, '57; d. Aug. 4, 1757. 

229—5. Lydia, b. July 7, '58; m. Levi Lee Mar. 4, 1788. 

230—6. James, b. Dec. 11, '60; d. u. ni. Sept. 28, 1784. 

231—7. Nancy, b. Apl. 25, '63; m. David Lapliam Apl. 26, 1789. 

232—8. Waity, b. Feb. 4, '67; d. u. ni. in Mendon Oct. 23, 1839. 

233—9. Lucy, b. Feb. 19, '70; d. n. ni. Sept. 3, 1802. 

Elisha liallou' settled on the patrimonial estate of 90 acres, 

deeded io him l)y his father March 18, 1719. This estate was the 

easterly section of James Ballou's' homestead, and the present 


writer believes it to liave been owned, in liis youth, by Joseph and 
James Jencks — it having been divided into two farms. EHsha' was 
admitted a freeman of Cnmberhmd in 1752, and was a prominent 
citizen. He seems to have had a military turn of mind and to 
have held a commission in the British service of those times. We 
learn this from a brief entry on the town records of 1756. But 
what his official grade was is not indicated. Prob. not above that 
of captain. When the American Revolution had developed itself, 
he went zealously into the Continental Army and d. in the service 
at Yellow Springs, Pa., in Nov. 1777. His estate was adminis- 
tered on and settled under legal authority, by his son-in-law, 
Israel Wilkinson of Smithtield. Mrs. Hepzibah, his widow, who 
was a sister of Rev. Abner Ballou's wife, survived him some 27 
yrs., and d. in Mendon, Mass., June 30, 1804, aged 73 yrs. G mos. 
and 18 ds. 

[61.] Peiscilla Ballou', James", James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 6, 1731 ; m. 
WillidVi Coed:', Dea. Nicholas^ Nicholas", Walter', b. in Belling- 
ham, Mass., Dec. 7, 1724, cer. Nov. or Dec. 1753. Their intentions 
of marriage were recorded in Bellingham under date of Nov. 10, 
1753. This is the nearest date to their mge. we have been able to 
find. We naturally expected to learn that they w^ere m. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., the bride's home, and by Elder Nathaniel Cook, 
the groom's elder brother, then in the early stage of his pastorate. 
But we were disappointed ; nothing of the kind appears on record. 
They settled in Belhngham, where all their chn. were b., viz. — 

234 — 1. Samuel Cook, h. Nov. 13, 1755; uo trace; pi'ol). il. youug. 

335 — 3. Susanna Cook, h. Nov. 30, '5(3; m. Paul Alilrich Dec. 11, 1777. 

336 — 3. Sylvanus Cook, b. Sept. 5, '58; m. Elizabeth Barney' Jan. 3, 1733. 

337 — 4. James Cook, b. June 7, '60; m. 1st Elizabeth lugalls, 3d W. Fuller. 

338 — 5. Catherine Cook, b. Mar. 6, '63; no trace, prob. d. young. 

339 — 6. Priscilla Cook, b. Apl. 30, '65; m. Oliver Harris Dec. 10, 1788. 

340 — 7. Lueretia Cook, b. Apl. 17, '67; m. Esek Buffum. 
340^— 8. William Cook, b. Mar. 11, '70; m. Eunice Mann. 

341 — 9. Nicholas Cook, h. Aug. 16, '73; m. in Walliugford, Vt. 
341i— 10. Elizabeth Cook, b. May 18, '75; m. Erastus Olmstead. 

We have not inquired just where in Bellingham William and 
Priscilla (Ballon) Cook dwelt, but suppose it must have been in 
the southerly section of the town. Sometime between 1770 and '75 
they removed to Richmond, N. H. It is not unlikely they emi- 
grated thither not far from the time Priscilla's brother James Bal- 


Ion' (lid, perhaps a little e.arlier. All their chii. exeeptins' Nicholas 
and Elizabeth, appear on Bellinghani records. These two yonng-- 
est were recorded in Richmond, N. H. We therefore infer that 
one or both of these were b. there. We have no information con- 
cerning" the characteristics and life experiences of Priscilla' and 
linsband, biit jndging from their respective heredities we may 
safely presnme that their moral and social standing- was good. 
He d. in 1790. Dec. 6, 1792, she m. 2d, Simeon CUiamberlain of 
E-oyalston, Mass., where we lose her. 

[02.] Hannah Ballou', NathanieF, James'"', Matnrin ' ; 1^. in 
then Wrentham, afterwards Cnmberland, R. I., Dec. 1, 1717 ; m. 
Bavf\I Cook\ Nicholas', Walter', b. Nov. 15, 170.5; cer. Feb. 3, 
1742, by William Arnold, J. P. No issne fonnd on record. 

David Cook' is understood to have been a bro. of Elder Josiali, 
b. prol>. in then Mendon, in the easterly part of now Blackstone, 
Mass. No personal characteristics of him or his wife have reached 
ns. Doubtless a worthy and quiet pair. The husband's name 
appears on a subscription paper of 1771 for repairing the Meet- 
ing'-house, and no where else in connection with the Baptist 
church in Chiniberland, exce^Dt on his grave-stone in their Burying- 
Ground. It is not improbable that he and his wife were members 
of that church, but uncertain. Their g-rave-stones show that she 
d. Jan. 10, 1783, and he Oct. 24, 1790— she about 60, and he about 
85 yrs. of age. 

[03.] Ruth Ballou", Nathanier, James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 3, 1719-20 ; 
m. Step/ien IJrovvi, son of Joseph and Sarah (Pray) Brown (John, 
John), b. in Attleboro', Mass., Feb. 3, 1714-15; cer. Dec. 11, 1740, 
by William Arnold, J. P. Issue ; b. on Cumberland territory 
partly before and partly after its incorporation as a tow]i. — 

242— 1. David Brown, h. June 16, 1741; m. Sarah Peck Apl. 28, \7m. 

243— 2. Alngail Brown, 1). Feb. 20, '43; m. Sylvanus Bueklin Feb. 27, 17(i3. 

244— 3. Epln-aim Brown, b. Sept. 2, '44; m. Alice Whipple July 7, 1765. 

245— 4. Stephen Brown, Jr., b. Jan. 31, '46; m. Hnldah Dexter Dec. 19, 


246— 5. Elihu Brt)wn, 1). Ai)l. 30, '50; ni. Sarah Arnold May 11, 1777. 

247— 6. Elijah Brown, b. Apl. 10, '52; m. Anna Ballon May 29, 1774. 

248— 7. Ruth Brown, b. Oct. 20, '54; m. Isaac Otis Aug". 31, 1780. ' 

249— 8. Mary Brown, 1). Sept. 29, '56; m. Dr. John Gould Oct. 20, 1776. 

250— 9. Jesse Brown, 1). Dec. 26, '60; m. 1st Beulah Ballon, 2d Mary W. 
251—10. Sarah Brown, h. June 30, '63; m. William Sheldon Feb. 19, 17S9. 


Stephen Brown, Sen., was a res]iectal>le farmer in Cnmberland, 
K. I., and liis family lield a very reputable standing- in commimity. 
No striking characteristics, experiences, or incidents of the parents 
transmitted to us. Mr. Brown d. Sept. 28, 1795, in his 81st year. 
Mrs. Ruth d. June 25, 1806, in her 87th year. 

[Gl.] Amamah B.^llou', Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
them AVrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, E. I., Feb. 27, 
1722 ; m. 1st Keziah (Peters) Cook, wid. of Asahel Cook ; cer. 
Feb. 7, 1748-9, by Job Bartlett, J. P. Issue ; b. in Cumlierland.— 

353—1. Nathaniel, h. Oct. 6, IToO; m. 1st Jane Ware, 3(1 Jane Pickerins-. 
208—3. Elias, h. Dee. 34, '52; m. Mary Parker Apl. 11, 1783. 
354—3. Dorcas, 1). Mar. 30, '54; m. Henry Gilbert, Pern, Mass. 

Mrs. Keziah d. about 1755. Amariah' m. 2d jSlanj Gary of 
Cumberland, said to be a dr. of Stephen Gary ; cer. Julj^ 24, 
1757, l)y Job Bartlett, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

255—4. Chester, b. Apl. 39, 1758; d. Mar. 4, 1762. 

256—5. Mary, li. Ang. 19, '59; m. Harrington. 

357 — 6. Hannah, b. Oct. 30, '61 ; d. in elderly maitli^ihood in Pern. 

358 — 7. Cilvina, b. Apl. 5, '66; m. Sampson Harrington. 

Amariah^ left an honorable life-i-ecord, so far as we have found 
it traceable. When his father d. intestate his landed property, as 
the old English law stood, fell leg-ally to him as the oldest son. 
But he had too nolile a soul to see his two bros., Noah and 
Stephen, go landless to his advantage. So, becoming adminis- 
trator on the paternal estate, he forthwith executed deeds to Noah 
and Stephen, for considerations of " brotherly affection," making 
them equitable sharers with himself. See Cumberland Bees., B. 
1, p. 1. He retained for himself the patrimonial domicile and its 
immediately surrounding acres, and continued to dwell there till 
all his children had been l)orn, and he had laid his second wife 
in the grave. Mar. 13, 1771, he sold out his homestead to his 
relatives, Beuben and Asa Ballon, sons of his cousin Ezekiel'. 
See Cumberland Bees. It was afterwards purchased by his cousin 
Rev. Abner Ballon and descended from him to his grandson. Col. 
Welcome Jillson. It is now owned by Eliab T. Harris. Not long 
after selling out, sometime before 1775, Amariah' removed Avith 
his children to what was then called Partridgetield, Mass., after- 
wards Peru, where he settled, but lived cmly three or four yrs. 
In respect to the deaths of his 2d wife and himself, we have de- 
pended on a letter written to Mr. Peck in 1855 l)y Dea. Da\id 




Nathaniel Balloi; House, Cumbekland, E. I. 

Ballon of North Becket, Mass., one of his grandsons. According- 
to his information fi-om his father, his grandmother d. in Kliode 
Island about the time alcove indicated, and his grandfather in 
Pern between 1778 and 1780. Rigid investigation might perhaps 
correct those statements, l)nt we have thought best to accept 
them without critical research. 

[65.] Noah Ballou,' NathanieF, James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wreutham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 31, 1728 ; 
m. 1st Ahiyail liazee, dr. of Joseph Razee ; cer. Oct. 17, 1750, by 
Job Bartlett, J. P. Issue, all b. in Cumberland. — 

359 — 1. Al)salom, b. Apl. IG, 1752; m. 1st Patience Razee, 2cl Anna Jencks. 

260— 2. Mercy, b. June 5, '54; m. Silas Metcalf June 8, 1T8G. 

261— 3. David, b. Mar. 21, '56; ni. Lucy Martin Nov. 28, 1776. 

262— 4. Keziali, b. Dec. 6, '57; m. Joel Peck Feb. 15, 1784. 

263— 5. Noali, b. July 29, '59; m. 1st Lydia Ware, 2d Abigail Thurston. 

264— 6. Silence ( . b. Sept. 7, '61 ; d. aged 3 weeks. 

265— 7. AbigaiM'^"^'^^^' b. Sept. 7, '61; m. Royal Peck Jan. 23, 1780. 

266— 8. Oliver, b. Nov. 4, '63; m. Abigail Colburn July 12, 1787. 

267— 9. Ziba, b. Aug. 5, '65; m. Molly Mason Mar. 2, 1788. 
268—10. Eliel, b. Feb. 20, '67; m. Polly Moran; Pub. Oct. 13, 1792. 
269 — 11. Amariali, b. Fel^. 14, '71; m. Anna Lotridge of Pelliam, Mass. 

Mrs. Abigail (Razee) Ballon lived worthily and usefully to see 
all these 11 clin. grow up to man and womanhood. Then, she 
departed this life Sept. 10, 1794, in the 69th yr. of her ag-e. Noah' 


111. 2d Ah'/<jiiil Cook, wid. of Daniel Cook, Jr., of West Wreiitliam, 
Mass., whose maiden name was Blackmore ; car. July 7, 179G, by 
Elder Abner Ballon. No issne. Noali Ballon' had his homestead 
in the southeasterly section of the " Ballon neig'hl)orliood," east- 
erly fi'om " Beacon Pole Hill." Its soil was mostly rngged and 
stubborn, with minor portions of strong feasible meadow and 
pasture, and plenty of good orchard ground. The old domicile 
was demolished many j^ears ago. But the dwelling house, built 
a generation since by Lucina Weatherhead, occupies precisely 
the same site. In his declining days he deeded the northeasterly 
portion of it to his sons Ziba and Eliel. This was subsequently 
owned by Chad Mason. The southeasterly portion he deeded to 
his son Noah, Jr., who established thereon a goodly home. The 
main residue was given to his son Oliver, who cared for him in 
his old age. In process of time Oliver" exchanged this old home- 
stead with Welcome Weatherhead for one on the Providence 
road, a mile or two below Cumberland Hill. Noah' was a very 
religious man, a devoutly constant reader of the Bible, a scrupu- 
lous attendant on public worship; and an exemplary professor of 
Baptist Christianity. The headstone of his grave in the Ballon 
Burying Ground bears the following inscription. — " In Memory of 
Noah Ballon, who died March 20, 1807, in the 79th year of his 
age. He had been a member of the Baptist Church 39 years." 
His 2d wife and widow d. Sept. 18, 1808, aged G5 years. 

[66.] STErHEN Ballou', Nathaniel", James", Matnrin' ; b. in 
then Wrentham, afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 18, 1731 ; m. 
1st McJietahel Cook, ascertained to have been a dr. of Eld. Josiali 
Cook ; cer. June 13, 1751, by Samuel Bartlett, J. P.- Issue, all b. 
in Cumberland. — 

270—1. Hannali, b. Mar. 15, 1752; m. Icliabml Br(nvii Nov. 9, 1777. 

271—2. Sylvia, h. July 25, '54; m. David Stay.les Mar. 27, 1774. 

272—3. Edward, h. Nov. 24, '5(5; m. Bethany Streoter Dec. 8, 1779. 

273—4. Stephen, b. June 9, '59; no record but that of his birth. 

274—5. Koba, b. May 15, 'fil ; m. Arnold, settled Adams, Mass. 

275 — 6. Joel, b. Sept. 7, '(53; no account found of him. 

270—7. Kuth, b. June 3, '09; d. Oct. 15, 1772. 

277 — 8. Mehetabel, b. May 0, '71; no account; prob. d. young. 

Mrs. Mehetabel d. June 2, 1772. Stephen' m. 2d Anna Metcalf 
of Bellingham, Mass., dr. of John and Mary (Fisher) Metcalf, b. 
Apl. 2, 1743 ; cer. Sept. 11, 1774, by Rev. Noah Alden. No issue. 
He survived this mge, only a few yrs. His homestead comprised 


the northerly portion of his father's kinds, and was nearly identical 
with the one owned some years ag-o by Nathan Harris. His Will 
is on Cumberland Eecs., B. 5, p. 257. He g-ave his wife all the 
property she brought him, and the improvement of his real and 
personal estate, to the full legal extent or more, while she re- 
mained his widow ; to his sons Edward and Joel, the farm ; to 
his dr. Hannah, £30, 'and his riding- mare; to his dr. Sylvia £9; 
and to his dr. Eoba, .£30 when she should be 18 yrs. of age, or 
on the day of her mge. in case it occurred sooner. No personal 
characteristics of him or his "v\'ives have reached us, and we shall 
presume that they were of average respectalnlity in their class of 
the general community. He d. Nov. 13, 177G. Mrs. Anna sur- 
vived him many years, and m. as her 2d husband Jonas Ellis of 
Thompson, Cti She sold out her right of dower in the Stephen 
Ballou homestead July 7, 1809. No further traced. 

[67.] Saeah Ballou", NathauieF, James", Matiirin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, afterwards Cumberland, B. I., date not found on rec- 
ord ; m. Samuel Pickering of Belliugham, Mass., ptge., birth- 
date, etc., not ascertained ; cer. in Cumberland Feb. 2, 1759, by 
Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all 1). in southerly Bellingiiam. — ■ 

278—1. Rosiuina Pickering, b. Dec. 5, 175!); m. Almb Ai-nokl Dec. 20, 1781. 
279—2. Sarah Pickering, b. Feb. 21, '62; ni. Autliouy Razee, Pub. Apl. 12, 

280—8. Bimon Pickering, b. July 26, '64; m. Rhotla Wilcox 1789 or '90. 
281 — 4. Mary Pickering, b. Aug. 8, '67; no record, prob. d. in infancy. 
282—5. Lovina Pickering, b. Dec. 8, '68; ni. Oliver PoUett, Pub. Dec. 28, 

288—6. Estlier Pickering, b. Apl. 29, '72; m. William Billings, Jr., Aug. 

20, 1789. 
284 — 7. Eutli Pic'kering, b. Sept. 28, '74; d. on tlie paternal homestead 

May, 1854. 
285 — 8. Eunice Pickering, b. June 29, '77; d. on the paternal homestead 

Nov. 6, 1798. 
286—9. Philadelphia Pickering, h. Oct. 81, '79; m. Bani Burtlett Jan. 2, 


Sarah (Ballou) Pickering and her husband dAvelt on a comfort- 
able homestead in So. Bellingiiam, Mass., on the "old Beliol)()th 
Road," so called, about half a mile northerly from what has long- 
been known as the " Crooks place." The premises are now owned 
by Asaliel Mann. They were of reputable standing- among the 
commoners of their vicinage. He was an old-fashioned shoe- 
maker, as well as farmer, and both filled up the measure of mortal 



life with substantial usefulness. Their remains repose in the 
" Scott Burying- Ground," about a mile north of their living- resi- 
dence. Whether any lettered stones mark their g-raves we have 
not been informed, nor ascertained their death-dates from any 

[08. 1 Mary ]3.\llou', Nathaniel', James", Maturiu' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., date not found 
on record, is reported to have lived u. m. ; and d. in advanced 
ag-e ; but her death- date has not come to our knowledge. 


[69.] EzEKiEL Ballou', Obadiah", James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 5, 1718-19 ; 
m. Jodjina i.^ook, after much inquiry ascertained to be eldest dr. of 
Eld. Josiali Cook ; cer. July 3, IT'lO, by William Arnold, J. P. 
Issue, all V). \drtually or actually in Cumberland, R. I. — 

287—1. Jesse, b. Mar. 30, 1741 ; m. 1st Rhoda Salsbury, 3cl Lydia Mason, &c. 
288—2. Levi, b. Sept. 23, '44; m. Comfort Thompson Mar. 21, 1765. 
289—3. Amey, b. Nov. 24, '45; m. Benjamin Gaskill, Smitlifield, Apl. 12, 

290—4. Reuben, b. Nov. 26, '47; m. Cliloe Comstock, Freelove Whipple. 
291—5. Asa, b. Mar. 2, '50; m. Phel)e Comstock Sept. 28, 1769. 
292—6. Mary, b. Aug. 12, '52; d. Oct. 2, 1754. 

293—7. Anna, b. Mar. 1, '56; m. Elijah Brown, Cumberland, May 29, 1774. 
294—8. Joanna, b. Sept. 27, '59; m. Oliver Carpenter, Mendon, May 14, 


Ezekiel' was endowed l)y his father, Obadiah', with an ample 
homestead on the AVrentham road, extending- from his cousin 
Stephen Ballou's land northerly half a mile on said road. His 
domicile was a low, one-story, old-fashioned structure, which the 
writer well remendiers as owned and occupied by Capt. Otis 
Ballon, a gd. son of Ezekiel. It stood three fourths of a mile 
northeasterly from the " Ballon Meetinghouse," and is believed 
to have been demolished by Elias Ballon, son of t-apt. Otis, in 
1840. Ezekiel' and his wife belonged to the plain farmer class, 
of whom nothing- remarkable has come down to as. In his old 
age he g-ave his lands by deed to his sons, with perhaps life-lease 
retentions for the maintenance of himself and wife. He made his 
Will Apl. 18, 1787, ordering- the disposal of his personal estate as 
follows.— -To his wife the use of one half for life ; to his sons 
Jesse, Levi, Reuben and Asa, one crown, or six shillings and 
eight pence each, in addition to the lands already g'iven them ; 
and to his three married daughters, Amey Gaskill, Anna Brown, 


and Joanna Carpenter, one half, and after their mother's death, 
her half. Oliver Carpenter executor, Mendon, Mass. He d. June 
5, 1789, a. about 71 yrs. Mrs. Joanna, his widcnv, d. Jan. KS, 1797. 
For Will see Cumberland Kecs., B. (5, p. 177. 

[70.] Susanna Ballou', Obadiah", James'*', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentha'm, Mass., afterward Cumberland, E. I., Oct. 7, 172U ; m. 
Elisha NeweW, Jacob', Jacob', Abraham', b. in Koxbury, Mass., 
Mar. 21, 1713; cer. Dec. 26, 1738, by William Arnold, J. P. Issue, 
b. on territory soon after included in Cumberland. — 

395—1. Aarou Newell, b. Aug. 19, 1740; m. Surali Tillsoii Dec. 2iJ, 17();}. 
2tj(5— 3. David Newell, 1). June 20, '42; m. Susauua Cook Jiuie 2(5, 17G4. 

Mrs. Susanna (Ballou) Newell d. at a date not found. Then the 
husband m. 2d Bathsheba (Ballou) Keith, wid. of Michael Keith, 
and dr. of James Ballou' ; cer. Dec. 25, 1718. For their chn. and 
some biog-raphical particulars see, on preceding pages, the family 
record of Bathsheba Ballou', Michael Keith and Elisha Newell'. 
No. [56]. 

[71.] Daniel Ballou', Obadiah', James'', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 27, 1722 ; 
m. 1st A'liiey Brown, dr. of Joseph Brown, b. in Attleboro', Mass., 
Aug. 21, 1723 ; cer. Jan. 4, 1746-7, by Wm. Arnold, J. P. Issue, 
b. Glocester, now BurrillviUe, li. I. — 

297—1 . Hope, b. Mar. 3, 1746; m. Daniel Barnes, 

298—3. Joseph, b. Jan. 81, '49; m. Sarali Sweet Apl. 4, 1771. 

399—8. Anne, b. May 10, '51; m. Jtu'eniiali Sanders May 20, 1778. 

800—4. Snsannali, b. Feb. 27, '54; m. Rufus Baker Sept. 14, 1778. 

301—5. Martlia, b. Dec. 29, '61 ; m. 1st William Owen, 2d Cliristoi)her Sayles. 

802—6. Sylvanns, b. Feb. 10, '67; m. Mercy Hinds, Rutli Bell. 

808 — 7. Deborah, b. not found; m. Saunders. 

Mrs. Amey's death-date not found ; and the husband m. 2d 
Martha BaHon of Smithlield, ptge., birth-date, &c., not ascer- 
tained; cer. Jan. 1, 1778, by Moses Cooper, J. P. No issue. 

Daniel Ballou' settled in Glocester, now BurrillviUe, E. I., about 
1747. It seems that his father, Obadiah", endoAved him, at that 
time, with 112 acres of land. See Glocester Records, B 1, p. 368. 
Whether any additions were made by purchase we do not learn. 
This farm is situated in BurrillviUe about two miles south from 
the village of Pascoag. It is now owned l)y Job Ballou, a gt. gd. 
son of Daniel'. There lived and d. Daniel', his son Joseph', and 



gd. sou Daniel", father of the present incumbent, Job'. Daniel' 
d. in June, 1801, aged 77 yrs. and 6 mos. So says his tombstone 
in the place of his burial, which is on his farm. Mrs. Martha, his 
2d wife, d. at a date not ascertained. 

[72.] Eev. Abneie Ballou', Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; b. in 
then Wrentham, afterward Cumberland, E. I., Oct. 28, 1725 ; m. 
Betdah Thayer, dr. of William', Thomas', Ferdinando', Thomas' — 
mother's maiden name Abigail Sumner — b. in Mendon, Mass., 
May 10, 1733 ; cer. Sept. 5, 1752. Issue, all b. in Cumberland, 

E. i.— 

804—1. Liiviuia, b. Feb. 1, 1753; m. Nutlianiel Jillson Nov. 9, 1769. 

305-3. William, h. Dec. 24, '53; m. Sally Benuett Feb. 8, 1777. 

306—3. Nathan, b. June 18, '58; d. u. m. Auj?. 13, 1787. 

307—4. Abigail, b. Aug. 22, '01; m. Jolin Fisk ApI. 14, 1784. 

308—5. Abner, b. Apl. 1, '03; m. Henrietta Brown Jan. 3, 1790. 

3.09—0. Beulah, b. June 23, '06; m. Jesse Brown June 8, 1791. 

310—7. Sally, b. May 9, '75; m. John Eogers, Jr., Nov. 16, 1794. 

Eev. Abner, or " ]£lder" Abner Ballou, as he was uniformly 
styled after he entered the gospel nnnistry, was a man of very 
considerable celebrity throughout his general vicinity. His edu- 
cational and literary privileges were of the scantiest measure. 
His boyhood and youth knew little else than privation, coarse 
fare and hard work, in comparison with the experiences of our 
generation. But he was endowed with a strong physical and 
mental constitution. All his natural capabilities were above the 
conmion average, and he was trained up to moral rectitude. His 
religious sentiment was also highly susceptible, and predisposed 
to early exercises. At what age he entered into decisive religious 
experiences we have no information ; but as his grave-stone cer- 
tifies that he had been 51 yrs. ,a member of the First Baptist 
church ill his native vicinage, he must have joined it in 1755, 
when he was in his 30tli yr. He may have been a convert some 
yrs. prior to that date. The same monumental stone tells us that 
he had been pastor of the First church 35 yrs. But we are left 
somewhat in doubt as to when that pastorate commenced or 
ended. No extant records enlighten us on these points. The 
presumption, hoAvever, is that it ended at his death in Jan. 1806, 
or perhaps some little time before. We know that Elder Nathaniel 
Cook d. in 1773, and Elder Josiah Cook in 1771. They were his 
joint predecessors in office, and it is not probal)le that his own 
pastorate commenced sooner than 1775, though he may have then 



])rpaclie(l more or less for several yrs. and tneii l)eeii ordained. 
This seems quite certain, from the recorded fact that at least one 
marriag-e was solemnized by him in 1772. The Providence Ga- 
zette of Jany. 11, 180G, has the following" obituary notice : " Died 
at Cumberland on the 4th iiist. the Rev. Abner Ballon in the 81st 
year of his age. He had been a member of the Baptist church 
in that town 51 years and Pastoi- of the church aliout 35 years, 
and attendtnl to the duties of his sacred office regularly till within 
a few weeks of his death, evincing by the whole tenor of his life 
the steadfastness of that faith which he professed." Tradition 
does not report him to have been an eloquent preacher, yet an 
earnest, solid and influential one in his denominational sphere • 
and he must have lieeu a successful pastor, considering all his 
circumstances. For it should be understood that, like his pas- 
toral predecessors and associates of kindred churches, he was 
micompromisingly opposed to school-made and hireling ministers, 
as also to all other support of the pulpit than free will offerings. 
Of course he depended mainly on the labor of his own hands and 
the prudential manag-ement of his property for worldl}- thrift. 
And in this line of activity he was successful. His father in 
1750 had g-iven him a decent start in landed endowment (forty 
acres), and he had the ability to increase his estate several fold. 

James Ballou House, Ctjmbekland, E. I. 
Indeed, he g-ot the reputation of being- an uncommonly shrewd 


mauao-er of pecuniary affairs. In lands and pei'sonal estate lie 
became what, in those times, was deemed respectably rich. 

In his pastoral office he solemnized many marriages, and minis- 
tered at fimerals throug'hout a wide circuit. As to his eclesiasti- 
cal relations we find that in 1774 the Cuml)erland church was 
represented in the yearly meeting of the Six Principle Ba])tist 
churches, then just formed by the churches in the north part of 
the State and churches in the adjoining towns in Mass'ts. The 
first Baptist church in Providence and the first Baptist church 
organized in Newport, Avere Six Principle Baptists. On the re- 
moval of Brown University from Warren to Providence, a division 
took place in the first Baptist church in consequence of the omis- 
sion by Presdt. Manning (then pastor of the church) of the cere- 
mony of "laying on of hands" on the recei^tion of members into 
the church. At this time Rev. Mr. AVinsor and brethren withdrew 
and formed a new church in Johnston. The Baptist church in 
Newport voted to join the Warren Baptist association Sept. 5, 
ISOl. In the yearly meetings from 1774 till 1798 Rev. Abner Bal- 
lon met as delegates from other churches. Rev. Samuel AVinsor, 
Rev. Reuben Hopkins, Rev. John Winsor, Samuel Mitchell, Thos. 
Manchester, James W^hitman, William Boweu, Sylvester Rounds, 
John Westcott, Stephen Place, Elislia Sprague, and other Elders 
of the church, whose memory is still cherished by many of the 
present generation. 

It might be difficult to state precisely how far Elder Ballou and 
his brethren differed from the mass of associated Calvinistic Bap- 
tists. Probably they leaned more towards Arminianism, were 
Trinitarians rather indefinitely, and otherwise quite evangelical. 

Elder Aimer and his family stood at the head of s(^cial respect- 
ability in the general community around, them and wielded a cor- 
responding influence. He was a devotee of civil as well as relig- 
ious liberty, stood firmly on the side of American Independence 
during the Revolution, and gave his decided support to whatever 
promised to solidify the new order of his country's affairs. As his 
sons grew up to manhood, he endowed them by gift-deeds with 
certain parcels of his real estate. He brought up his grandson. 
Welcome Jillsou, who was left an infant at the early death of La- 
vinia (Ballou) Jillson, and for him he took care to provide a good 
start in life. On the IBtli of June, 1804, he made his Will. Its 
substance is as follows. — 

" Being in health of Body and sound disposing Mind and Mem- 
ory (Blessed be God therefor) — 



I o-ive and bequeath to my well beloved sou, William Ballon, all 
my Eis'lit and Title in and to tlie Farm whereon he lat(^ly dwelt 
and whicli he now occupies, lyino- iu said Cuml)erlaud, toy-ether 
with the buildings thereon standing, being one moiety or half part 
of said Farm, the other half of which he holds by Deed fi-om me, 
the said Abuer, to be and remain to him the said AVilliaiu Ballou, 
his Heirs and Assigns forever, as an absolute Estate of Inheritance 
in Fee simple, (excepting only one half acre of Land at the North- 
erly part of said Farm and near the Meeting-house, which is re- 
served for a Burying Groimd). — I also give and bequeath to him 
the said A^'illiam Ballou, after the decease of my Wife, a certain 
Tract of Woodland, whicli I lately purchased of him, situate in 
Cumberland, aforesaid, adjoining the Southerly part of the Farm 
whereon my Grandson, Welcome -Tillson now lives, containing five 
acres, l)e it more or less, to be and remain to him the said William 
Ballou, his Heirs and Assigns forever. 

I give and bequeath unto my Avell beloved Son, Abuer Ballou 
Junior, all my Right and Title in and to the Farm whereon he 
now lives, with the Bnildings thereon standing, being one moiety 
or half part of said Farm : also all my Right and Title in and to 
that part of Iron Rock Meadow (so called) which I purchased of 
James Ballou, being one moiety or half part of the same — also the 
whole of that Woocllot called and known by the name of Oak 
Island, all situate in the Township of Chimberland aforesaid, to be 
and remain to him, the said Abner Ballou Junior, his Heirs and 
Assigns forever, as an absolute Estate of Inheritance in Fee 

I giye and bequeath to my well beloved Grand Son, Welcome 
Jillson, after the decease of my Wife, all my Right and Title 
in and to the Farm whereon he now lives, and which was pur- 
chased of Major Reuben Ballou, deceased, together with all the 
Buildings thereon standing; also all my Right and Title in and to 
the Woodland adjoining said Farm Southerly (not herein before 
bequeathed), lieing one moiety or half part of said Farm and 
Woodland, all situate in said Cumberland, to be and remain to 
him the said Welcome Jillson, his Heirs and Assigns forever in 
Fee simple. 

I give and bequeath to my three well beloved daughters, uamelj', 
Abigail Fisk, Beulali Brown and Sally Rogers each One hundred 
good silver Dollars, to he paid to them respectively by my Execu- 
tor within one year after my decease out of my personal Estate, to 
be and remain to their use and disposal forever. 


I oive and beqiieiitli to my well beloved Wife, Beiilali Ballon, 
all tlie Rest and Eesidne of my Estate (not herein before disjjosed 
of) of every description, botli real and personal (after the payment 
of my just Debts and Funeral charg-es) to be and remain to her 
the said Beulah Ballon, her Heirs and Assigns forever: — I also 
give my said Wife the free Use, improvement and income of all 
the real Estate herein before given to mj^ Grand Son Welcome 
Jillson and of a Wood lot herein before given to my Son William 
Ballon, containing five acres, more or less, and lies adjoining the 
Farm whereon the said Welcome Jillson now hves, to be and re- 
main to her the said Beulah Ballon during her natural life. 

And I do hereby nominate, constitute, ordain, and appoint my 
aforenamed Son, Abner Ballon, Jun"^ sole Executor of this my last 
Will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke," 
c^^c. Signed and witnessed on the day and year above stated. 
Witnesses James Jenkes, Otis Ballon and Ozias Thurber. 

'wv^S '^^^^'^^^ 

Fac-simujE of the Signature of Rev. Abner BALiiOU, 1775. 

It is implied in the Elder's bequest to his wife that he possessed 
other real estate not specified in the Will. There are reasons for 
believing that he did, though probably not of very great value. 
We have not thought it necessary to search for the particulars. 
We have the Executor's Inventory of personal estate, the total of 
which appears to have been 11021.15. 

It is believed, on good authority, that Elder Abner continued to 
preach and exercise his pastoral functions down almost to the 
time of his decease. Also that he and his wife dwelt during his 
last years with his grandson. Col. Welcome Jillson, on what was 
originally the homestead of his uncle, Nathaniel Ballon", and is 
now owned by Elial) T. Harris. He seems to have declined rather 
suddenly at the end of his mortal pilgrimage, without any remem- 
bered leading disease, and under a complication of ailments com- 
mon to old ag-e. He d. in C-hristian hope and tranquility Jan. 4, 
1806, aged a little over 80 yrs. Mrs. Beulah, his widow, d. June 
10, 1808. Their dust reposes in a conspicuous spot of the Ballon 
Burying Ground, with suitable memorial stones, 

[73.] Anna Ballou', Obadiah', kc. ; no recorded or traditional 
account of her excepting' name and birth-date. 


[74.] OiJADiAH Ballod', 01)adiali', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentliam, Mass., afterward Cnmberland, E, I., Sept. 29, 1730; 
ni. 1st Martha Smith, ptge. and birtli-date not found ; cer. in Cum- 
berland May 3, 1753, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all b. hi 
Glocestei', now Burrillville, E. I. — 

311—1. Cynthia, b. Nov. 7, 1758; m. Arnold Sniitli. 

312—3. Isaac, b. Ang. 17, '05; m. Molly Ballard. |- 

313—3. Paulina, V). May 17, '08. 

314—4. Phebe, b. Oct. 11, '70; m. Preserved Harrington. 

315—5. Lydia, b. Feb. 77, '74; m. William Wilkinson Sept. 10, 1707. 

310—0. Esther, b. Apl. 10, '77; ni. Joseph Mowry Nov. 15, 1795. 

Mrs. Martha d., date not found, prob. not far from 1780. ()l)a- 
diah' m. 2d, Mary Ann Fairfield, ptge. and birth-date not found. 
No date of cer. found or other particulars. Issue, b. in Glocester, 
now Burrillville, E. I. — 

317— 7. Dennis, b. Feb. 20, 1780; m. 1st Mercy Titft, 3d Hannah (Barnes) 


318 — 8. Mary x\nn., 1). not found; m. Konion Baker. 
310— 0. Orpiielia, b. 

320—10. William, b. May 13, 178'J; m. Philadelphia Boss about 1808. 

331 — 11. Willard, b. not found; no trace. 

322 — 12. Hiram, 1). not found; m. 1st Olive Gambole, 2d Melinda Lilli- 


323 — 13. Ardelia, b. not found; no trace. 

334 — 14. Martha, b. not far from 1707; m. Lapham Jeftres June 8, 1820. 

335 — 15. Rosilla, b. not found; m. William Gambole. 

330 — 10. Charlotte, b. not found; untraced. 

Our researchers have taken great pains to ascertain the wanting 
data in the foregoing exi^ansive family record, but with poor 
success. Either very imperfect records were kept, or they have 
eluded inquiry. And traditional information has been equally 
unobtainable. Obadiah^ was undoubtedly endowed handsomely 
by his father either with land or means to purchase a farm, and 
he settled in that part of Glocester, E. I., afterwards incorporated 
as Burrillville, a little west of what is called Nasonville. The 
same farm was owned in 18G1, Mr. Peck says, by Molton Plietti- 
place. After the death of his 1st wife he sold that farm. After 
his 2d marriage he coiitiiuied to live in the same neighborhood for 
some years. Then he resided awhile in the State of New York, 
Town of Thurman, Warren Co., but finally returned to Burrillville, 
and d. there. Whether any scul])tured stone tells the resting 
place of his dust and that of his Avives, we have not been informed. 


We infer that us tlie father of sixteen chn., he must have passed 
through many strug-gies in mortal hfe, and drunk from the cup of 
trouble his full portion. AVe have no death-dates of him and his 

[75. J EsTHEK Ballou', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, E. I., Aug. 24, 1738; 
m. James ^YlUoll of Bellingham, Mass. ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I. 
Aug. 29, 1754, by Elder Nathaniel Cook, Issue, all recorded as b. 
in Belhngham. — - 

836i— 1. Svisauua Wilson, b. Apl. 15, 175G; no trace. 

327—2. Esther Wilson, b. Sept. 2, '58; 

328—3. Hannah Wilson, Apl. 11, 'Gl; 

328^-4. Peninnah Wilson, b. July 20, '03; " 

321) —5. David Wilson, b. Jan. 3, '66; 

330 —6. Damaris Wilson, b. Aug. 31, '()8; " 

Whether this family can be further traced in this work is im- 
IDrobable. At this writing we have no further information. The 
Town Clerk of Bellingham finds no record relating to this family 
after that of chn's. birth as above. They must have removed, but 
whither we get no hint. 

[70.] Aaiion Ballou', Obadiah', &e. Nothing found of him 
but name and birth-date ; must have d. in infancy. 

[77.] Zekviah Ballou', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 4, 1741-2 ; 
m. Si II wait Thayer, son of Uriah and Rachel (Taft) Thayer, b. in 
Mendon, Mass., Oct. 20, 1739; cer. hi said Cumberland, Dec. 3, 
17G1, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. They settled on a farm in Rich- 
mond, N. H. Issue, b. there. — 

331—1. Philadelphia Thayer, b. 1765; m. Nathan Burrows. 

332—2. Eleazer Thayer, b. Feb. 4, '67; m. Sarah Harris 1787. 

333—3. Ziba Thayer, b. Jan. 2; '6t); m. Desire Burows Jan. 9, 1802. 

334—4. Ahaz Thayer, b. Aug. 2, '71; m. Candasa Cook Jan. 2, 1794. 

33^—5. Simeon Thayer, b. Oct. 12, '74; ni. Chloe Sabin Jan. 30, 1792. 

336—6. Zerviah Thayer, b. Jan. 20, '79; m. Alljert Sabin Dec. 9, 1798. 

337—7. Benjamin Thayer, b. June 4, '82; m. Eunice Tyler Apl. 15, 1810. 

Simeon Thayer w:is Deacon of the Baptist church in Richmond, 
N. H., his wife presunudjly a member, and the whole family of 
respectable social standing. Mr. Bassett in his History of Rich- 
mond states that Dea. Thayer became a Universalist. We are 


unable to give the deatli-date of Zerviali (Ballon) Thayer, or of 
her husband. 

[78.] Joseph Ballou', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., soon afterward Cumberland, R. I., May 5, 
1748 ; m. S(ir(f/i BmiJctt, dr. of John and Sarah (Aldrich) Bartlett, 
b. in Attleboro', Mass., Mar. 15, 1740 ; cer. in said Cumberland, 
May 15, 17G6, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue.— 

338—1. Lydia, b. Apl. 1, ITfiT; m. Jedediah Kinsley. 

339—2. Obadiali, b. May 30, '(59; m. Nancy Matthews abont 1806. 

340—3. Jerahmeel, b. May 28, '71; m. Anna Perry Oct. 8, 1801. 

341 — 4. Sarah, b. Oct. '81; m. Ebenezer B. Sherman. 

Joseph Ballou' remained in Cumberland, B. I., though possibly 
resident temporarily in the southwesterly part of the State, as 
some think, and then removed with his family to the vicinity of 
Fort Schuyler, soon after Utica, Oneida Co., N. Y. There he 
planted himself as a farmer in 1792, near his brother Benjamin 
who had preceded him in 1790, two years earlier. Joseph' was an 
enterprising-, judicious, upright man, and left behind him a pos- 
terity of like character. He d. in Utica, May 15, 1810, aged 67 
yrs. and 10 ds. Mrs. Sarah, his worthy companion, survived him 
some 22 yrs. She d. in 1832. We have been furnished with num- 
erous old documents illustrative of this Joseph Ballou's life-career, 
which we hoped to notice specifically, but have been obliged to 
refrain for want of room. 

[79.] Benjamin Ballou', Obadialr', James", Maturin'; b. in 
Cumberland, R. 1., just after its incorporation, July 11, 1747; m. 
Sarah Wh'ipple, dr. of Daniel Whipple, b. in said Cund^erland, 
Feb. 7, 1749 ; cer. date and particulars not found. Issue, all b. in 
Cmuberland, R. I. — 

342—1. Benjamin, b. Apl. 10, 1770; m. Ennice Mann Jan. 15, 1795. 

343-2. Thomas, 1). Mar. 4, '72; m. Cynthia Parnell. 

344—3. Caroline Matilda, 1). Dee. 20, '73; m. Levi Newell Oct. 1, 1795. 

345—4. Sally, b. Ang. 21, '76; m. Sayles. 

346—5. Josei)h, b. Feb. 19, '80; ui. 1st Rachel Millington, 2d Susan Cooper. 

347—6. Freelove, b. Mar. 19, '81 ; m. Asa Spra<ine. 

348—7. Prosper, b. Apl. 10, '83; m. Sarah Seguin Dec. 5, 1807. 

349 — 8. James I . b. Nov. 10, '86; supposed to have d. at sea, u. ni. 

350—9. Levi ) *^""'^' b. Nov. 10, '8(); m. Lucinda Durkee. 

Benjamin Ballon' sold his estate in Cumberland about the year 
1790, left the home of his kindred and settled in Fort Schuyler, 



N. Y., soon after named Utica. He was among- the very earliest 
settlers there, and one of his grandsons says that his log- cabin 
was the first ever built in Oneida Co. Be this as it may have 
been, he was among the pioneers that founded the now fionrish- 
ing city of Utica, N. Y. He became a larg-e farmer, and also 
estabhshed a considerable tannery. There he and his wife spent 
the remainder of their days in the midst of their children, family 
relatives, and friendly first settlers. He d. March 2G, 1822, being 
in his 76th yr. Mrs. Sarah, his wife, d. date not ascertained. 

[80.] Jonathan Ballou', SamueF, James", Maturiu' ; b. in then 
Providence, later Smithfield, and now Lincohi, E. I., Nov, 10, 1723 ; 
m. EUzaleth ^Yed; cer. Apl. 3, 17G8. 

No issue has been found on record. Very little has reached us 
concerning his journey through life. The most that we have 
learned is, that he settled in Providence ; that he was styled a 
shop-joiner by trade ; that he objected to the approval of his 
father's Will, as made under undue infiuence after he had become 
incapacitated by age and mental infirmity ; that he owned more 
or less real estate, all of which, as well as his personal property, 
he bequeathed to his Avife Ehzabeth, naming no children, and con- 
stituting her sole executrix ; and that he d. Oct. 2, 1770. For his 
Will, see Providence Records, B. 5, p. 337. It ai)pears, from 
another registration, that on May 4, 1771, his widow and execu- 
trix deeded one eighth of a Paper Mill, which he and others had 
built in Co., to John Waterman, a partner in the concern. See 
Prov. Pecs., B. 19, p. 129. Her subsequent history and death-date 
not reported, nor the resting place of family burial. 

[81.] Lydia Ballou^ SamueP, James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, later Smithfield, and now Lincoln, E. I., Dec. 6, 1725; 
m. Benjaiiuii Lapharii of Scituate, E. I., and sett, there at first ; 
cer. in Smithfield 0(-t. 14, 1742, in Friends' order. Issue. — 

351—1. James Lapluim, h. Mar. 31, 1748; d. May 31, 1751. 

852 — 2. Mary Lapliam, b. Sept. 18, '45. 

858—8. Lydia Lapliam, b. May 3, '50; d. Dec. 39, 1751. 

Mrs. Lydia (Ballon) Lapham d. May 26, 1751. The births of 
the three above named chu., the deaths of tAvo of them and of 
their mother were recorded in Smithfield. It would therefore 
seem that the family did not remain settled in Scituate long after 
marriage. Another record shows the eldest of the clin. to have 


been b. in Sl-itiiatt', and the other two in Sniithtield. The father's 
subsequent history untraced. 

[82.] Phebe Ballou', SamueF, James", Maturiu' ; h. in then 
Providence, soon after Sniithfiehl, and noAv Lincohi, 11. L, May 9, 
1728; m. Step/ien W /it />/)/(■ of Sniithtield, R. 1., and sett, there; 
cer. July 12, 1745, l)y WilHam Jeuckes, J. P. Issue, b. in Smith- 

354 — 1. Steplien Whipple, Jr., b. Dec. 1, 1750; m. 1st Whipple, 2d Lneiiia 

355—2. Phebe Whipple, b. Mar. 6, '53; m. Col. Geo. Peck Ai)l. 12, 1770. 

Mrs. Phebe d. not long- after the birth of her dr., date not ob- 
tained. Stephen Whipple m. a 2d wife, by wdiom he had numerous 
chn. He was a man of larg-e wealth, intluence and respectability 
in Smitlifield, R. I., wdiere he held many responsible town offices. 
He d. May 28, 1795, leaving", lij- AVill to his chn., much real and 
personal estate. 

[83.] Eleazee Ballou*, Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, E. I., June 12, 1730 ; m. P/irhe Lapham., 
dr. of Thomas Lapliam, a native of said Smithfield ; cer. Aug. 19, 
1750, by Thomas Sayles, J. P. Issue, understood to have been b. 
in Glocester, now^ Burrillville, R. I. — 

356— 1. Lydia, b. Nov. 27, 1750; m. Aholiab Smith Ans". 25, 176G. 

357 — 2. David, b. Oct. 14, '53; believed to have d. u. m. 

358— 3. Jesse, b. Feb. 20, '56; m. 1st Amphj'llis Smith, 2d Eosilla Swift. 

359— 4. Jirah, b. Apl. 2, '58; m. Esther Wood Sept. 30, 1779. 

360— 5. Susanna, b.Apl. 14, '60; m. Esek Harris Oct. 4, 1781. 

361— 6. Charlotte, b. Auo-. 19, '62; m. Stephen Harris Aug. 26, 1779. 

362 — 7. Prnsia, b. not found; m. Russell Wood. 

363— 8. Aurelia, b. " m. Israel Aldrich. 

364— 9. Eowena, b. 1773; m. Asahel Sherman Aug. 24, 17^8. 
365 — 10. Pantileus, b. ; d. young. 

366 — 11. Orbe, li. ; m. Asa Brown. 

It is probal)le that Samuel Ballou", Eleazer's father, avIio in his 
Will left him but three dollars, started him in married life with a 
decent endowment ; for he settled early in that part of Glocester, 
R. I., afterward incorporated as Burrillville, and became a pros- 
perous farmer. The homestead on which he lived and died is the 
one owned in our later times by Sterling Paine. It is situated a 
little south of the Burrillville village called Glendale. He and 
his wife Phebe were evidently enterprising, shrewd and accumu- 


lative ecouounsts ; for they became large landholder's, aud were 
able to make handsome endowments to their chn. and to settle 
them in comfortable homes. This must have l)een the case, if 
they did as well l)y the others as by their son Jesse, to whom in 
1779 they made gift-deeds of land in Richmond, N. H., covering 
Lots 16, 17, 18 and half of 19 in the 1st Hange — l>etween tAvo and 
three hundred acres. Land there was cheap in those days, and 
Eleazer and his family appear, from the records, to have been 
liberal investors. But as we have little biographical information 
concerning the parents, we shall content ourselves with assuming 
that the world went well with them, and that they sustained a 
reputable standing in society. We regret having failed to find 
their death-dates. 

1 84.] Patience Ballou", SamueP, James'"', Maturiu' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, E,. I., July 15, 1732; m. Dr. Joseph Sayles 
of Smitlifield, R. I., son of Thomas and Esther (Scott) Sayles, b. 
Sept. 29, 1730; cer. July 10, 1752, by Thomas Lapham, J. P. 
Issue. — 

3G7— 1. Rlioda Sayles, b. Fel). 17, 1758; nntraced. 

308—2. Amey Sayles, 1). Mar. 2(), 'W; 

369—3. Patience Sayles, 1). June 23, '62; 

370—4. Betty Sayles, 1). June 23, '64; 

Mrs. Patience and her liusl:)and undoubtedly occupied a re- 
spectable social position, liut unfortunately no particular memo- 
rials of them have reached us — not even their death-dates ; nor 
can we further trace their descendants. 

1 85.] Samuel, who d. an infant. 

[SG.] Samuel Ballou', Samuel'*, James'-', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, B. I., Feb. 4, 1736-7 ; m. Iiuf/i Iltnrl'inx, 
ptge., l)irtli-date and mge.-date not found. Issue. — 

371 — 1. Lydia, h. July 3, 1766; m. Thos. Delainy, Samuel Taylor. 

372—2. Stephen, 1). July 28, '68; m. Polly Banly. 

373— B. Jesse, h. Oct. 20, '70; lived and d. a liaelielor. 

374—4. Susanna, 1). Sept. 12, '74; m. Charles Byles. 

375 — 5. Del)orah, b. Apl. 24, ; never m.; d. at an advanced age. 

376—6. Phebe, b. Mar. 4, '80; d. Dec. 22, 1784. 

377—7. Ruth, b. Feb. 18, '84; m. Thomas Smith. 

378—8. Samuel, b. • , '87; d. young, 1788. 

It would seem to have been designed by Samuel Ballon', at the 
outset of his maidiood, to settle down with his father on the an- 


eiont lioinesteail. A(?cordiii,5ly his father deeded a i)ait of it to 
him. But circumstances imkuown to us chaug'ed the oriqiual 
plan, and he deeded hack that real estate to his father in 17G0. 
Soon afterward he joined several of his acquaintances in an emi- 
grant scheme to acquire lands in the town of Sackville, in the 
Province of New Brunswick. Thither he removed with his wife 
sometime between 17G2 and ITGT, and there all his clin. were b. 
excepting- jierhaps Lydia, the eldest. The records of Sackville, 
N. B., show that in 17G2 Samuel Ballon, as one of the colonists, 
drew by lot, under letter A of the Town PLit, house-lot 87, which 
entitled him afterward to 500 acres of laud." 

Mr. Peck found it difficult to obtain information concerning- 
Samuer, the particulars of his experience in New Brunswick, and 
especially his authentic family record. But in process of inquiry, 
he was fortunate enough to obtain a very intelligent correspondent 
in the person of Judge AV. Botsford of Sackville. Through him, 
the Postmaster of the place, and some of the family descendants, 
he received much imx)ortant data, though not with genealog-ical 
accuracy all that is desirable concerning the later generations. 
We shall give the substance of all he obtained, now and later on. 

It appears that among his emigrant associates from Rhode Isl- 
and to New Brunswick were John Barnes, John Jenckes, Joshua 
Sprague, c^^c. Judge Botsford testified that he " first knew^ Mr. 
Samuel Ballon in the year 1792. He was then living in this 
neighborhood, and continued to do so until his death in the year 
1805. He was then advanced in years, was an active, industrious 
man, of sober habits and intelligent." He mentions the statement 
of John Barnes deceased to his son James, that Mr. Ballou was 
the best educated man, and brought more property with him than 
any other of the Rhode Island immigrants. He was afterward a 
moderate accunuilator. Yet the Judge says he left but a meagre 
estate ; which he accounts for by the fact that his wife was inca- 
pacitated, through mental infirmity, to second and save his acqui- 
sitions. These drawbacks more than counterbalanced his own 
thrift. The result was that he left his widow and most of his clin. 
comparatively poor. Judge Botsford says his Will was made 
Jime 27, 1805, and probated July 13 ensuing. So his death oc- 
curred sometime between those dates, in his ()9th yr. Mrs. Euth, 

* A tradition lias latterly come to our knowledge, tbat Samuel Ballou^ became odious to many of 
bis fellow citizens iu Smithtield, K. I., by bis adbesive loyalty to the British government during the 
asiitatione which led to the American lievolution ; and that his so called Toryism and consequent 
discomforts from popular denunciation induced him and other sympathizers to seek a home in 
New Brunswick. This is not improbable, though we have seen no authentic proof of it. 


his wid., survived him several years, but we are unable to give the 
date of her decease. We shall tell what we are able of their elm., 
gd. chn., &c., in the order of their generations. 

[ST.] Susanna Ballou', Samuer*, James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithtield, now Lincoln, R. I., June 28, 1739; m. Jural) ArnolJ, 
son of Joseph and Patience (Wilkinson) Arnold, b. in said Smith- 
field July 7, 1732 ; cer. Nov. 25, 1756, by Thomas Lapham, J. P. 
Issue. — 

379—1. Eobe Arnold, b. Feb. 22, 1758; imtraced. 

380—2. Jesse Arnold, b. Apl. 2, '59; 

381—3. Ahal) Arnold, b. Nov. 17, '60; 

382—4. Plie])e Arnold, b. Jan. 15, '63; 

383—5. Silas Arnold, b. May 21, '65; 

384—6. William Arnold, li. May 27, '67; m. Mary Balloii. 

385—7. David Arnold, b. Apl. 25, '69; untraced. 

386—8. Jacob Arnold, b. Feb. 18, '71; 

Our historical data concerning- this famil}^ is quite limited. Su- 
sanna Ballon' and her husband Jacob Arnold are said to have 
settled on a homestead in Smithfield, situated a mile and a half 
fi'om Woonsocket southerly, opposite to the farm which in 1872 
was occupied by Arnold Wakefield. There, we presume, all their 
chn. were b. At an unascertained later period they removed to 
a settlement in the State of N. Y., then known by the title "Nine 
Partners'," beyond which we have been unable further to trace 
them. Should any new information reach us before our work 
goes to press, we will add it in a note. " The Nine Partners' " 
two tracts of land were in Dutchess Co., N. Y., and fiirnished 
territory for eight or ten Townships — requiring a dubious re- 

[88.] Jemima B.vllou', Samuer, James", Maturiu' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, K. I., May 14, 1742; m. I),\ \VUllaiii 
ArnolJ, son of Joseph and Patience (Wilkinson) Arnold, b. in 
said Smithfield Nov. 30, 1733 ; cer. date not found. Issue, b. in 
Smithfield, R. I.— 

387—1. David, b, Oct. 20, 1768; d. Jan. 21, 1769. 
388—2. Lydia, b. Jan. 9, '74; m. Eichard Steere. 

Their homestead was a little southwest from his brother Jacob 
Arnold's. Dr. AVilliam Arnold is said to have been a man of 
profound learning, and a skillful i)liysician. His practice was 
extensive, and he would have commanded eminent success in 


bis profession, but for liis extreme modesty and self- distrust, 
wliich constantly held him back. He was therefore reluctant to 
assume responsibility, retiring in his habits, and inclined to de- 
vote himself chiefly to quiet scientific pursuits. Such a man must 
have possessed mental and moral qualities adapted to insure hap- 
niness in domestic life and among choice friends capable of ap- 
preciating his worth. We trust that he had a congenial, worthy 
and happy Avife. He died March 24, 1817. His mfe Jemima 
died July 25, 1825. Their dau. Lydia died Nov. 4, 1820. Her 
husband Richard Steere died Dec. 18, 1821— all buried in Friends' 
cemetery, Woonsocket, R. I. 

[80.] David Ballou^ Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithtield, now Lincoln, li. I., Aug. 23, 1744 ; m. 1st Arma Cum- 
stocl', dr. of David Comstock ; cer. June 0, 1770, by Stephen Ar- 
nold, J. P. Issue, b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I. — 

389—1. Sabru, L. Nov. 7, 1770; m. Joshua Buffum. 

390—3. David, b. Dec. 18, '73; m. Mary Davis. 

391—3. Elijah, b. June 15, '75; d. u. m. 1814. 

393—4 Joel, b. Nov. 19, '77; m. Caroline Gates 1801. 

393—5. Gardner, b. Dec. 33, '79; d. u. m. Dec. 33, 1830. 

394 — 6. Welcome, b. Apl. 9, 'S3; m. 1st Kutli Mowry, 3d Lavinia Chase. 

Mrs. Ann (Comstock) Ballon d. July 25, 1784 ; and the husband 
m. 2d Sanili Chase, ptge., birth-date, mge.-date, &c., not found. 
Issue, b. as above. — 

395—7. Aniasa, b. Nov. 13, 178G; m. Sophia Wheelock Nov. 1809. 
39G— 8. Joanna, b. Oct. 22, '90; m. Welcome Mowry. 

Mrs. Sarah (Chase) Ballon d. July 5, 1810 ; and the husband m. 
3d Ilaniui/i Reynolds of Swansey, Mass. ; cer. Feb. 10, 1812, by 
John Mason, J. P. No issue. She survived him, and afterward 
became the wife of Hon. John Esteu, Jan. G, 1838. 

David Ballon^ inherited lauds from his father, SaniueF, in con- 
nection with his brothers Moses and Aaron. Some of those lands 
were in that part of Glocester which in 180G was incorporated as 
Burrillville. The three brothers made a division of their inheri- 
tance March 12, 1772, and David took his portion in the Glocester 
lands. On those lands he innnediately settled, and in successful 
process of time he became the owner of over six hundred acres. 
His domicile was standing a few years ago, venerable with age, 
and perhaps still endures. It was located aljout two miles west- 
erly from Slaterville. There, in now Burrillville, R. I., he raised 


up his family, and tinally died Dec. 13, 1818, a. 74 yrs. 3 mos. and 
21 ds. He provided for the distribution of his estate by Will, and 
it was settled after his decease accordingly. Each of his then 
surviving' sons inherited from him a valuable farm. 

[90.] Moses Ballou*, Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, E. I., a t^Aan, Jan. 30, 1748 ; m. 1st £^liz- 
aheth PJulUps, believed to have been a dr. of John Phillips ; cer. 
May 29, 1768, by Thos. Lapham, J. P. Issue, all b. in Smithfield, 
E. I.— 

397—1. William, b. July 25, 1768; m. Eutli Brij?gs Feb. 14, 1790. 

398-3. Geor-e, b. Apl. 19, '70; m. Lillis Cook. 

399—3. Ariioia, b. Mar. 20, '72; m. Nancy Cook Nov. 9, 1800. 

400-4. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 28, '76; m. Taj-lor. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Phillips) Ballon d. date not found ; and the 
husband m. 2d Mrs. Desire Lang, wid. of William Lang, dr. of 
Jotliam Carpenter, b. in Cumberland, E. I., 1755 ; cer. in said 
Cumberland Mar. 22, 1778, by Elder Abner Ballon. Issue.— 

401— 5. Duty, b. May 31, 1779; m. Lydia White June 8, 1800. 

402— 6. Moses, b. June 2, '81; m. Martha Eandall Dec. 28, 1818. 

403— 7. Otis, b. Mar. 27, '84; m. Phebe Lapham Mar. 28, 1802. 

404— 8. Desire, b. Feb. 19, '88; m. Dr. Ezekiel Fowh-r Dec. 9, 1816. 

405— 9. Willard, b. Mar. 12, '92; m. Susan NeweU. 

406—10. Freelove, b. Apl. 20, '94; m. David Mowry Oct. 16, 1817. 

Moses Ballon^ settled on his i^ortion of the patrimonial inheri- 
tance that had come down through his father, Samuer, from his 
gd. father, James" ; which he shared with his twin brother Aaron. 
The old dwelling- house stood on his part of the farm, and he 
occuiiied it till 1782, when he built the one now standing on the 
premises. We infer from the little that has reached us that he 
and his family maintained a reputable social standing in their 
community. His Will is on the Smithfield Eecords, B. 4, p. 81. 
It bears date May 7, 1817, and contains the following items : — To 
his sons William, George, x\.rnold, Duty and Otis, he bequeathed 
ten dollars each ; and the same sum each to his daughter Eliza- 
beth Taylor, and his grand-daughters, Sophia, Betsey and Axie 
Blanchard. He gave his son Moses four shades in the Louis- 
quisset Turnpike Corporation ; and to his son Willard three shares 
in Smithfield Union Bank, also his right in the Cumberland De- 
tecting Society, his gun and desk. To his daughter Desire Fowler 
he mlled enough to make her share four hundred dollars, includ- 
ing what he had already given her., To his daughter Freelove 



James Ballou House, neak Albion Villa(je, Hmithfieli>, R. I. 

Ballou lie gave four liundred dollars. To Lis sons Moses and 
Willard lie bequeathed liis' entire real and personal estate, oLli- 
S'ating' tliein to pay liis just delits, funeral charges and the above- 
mentioned leg-acies. He assigned as his reason for not giving 
more to his cliu., William, George, Duty, Otis and Elizabeth, that 
he had previously bestowed on them their respective portions. 
Mrs. Desire, his 2d wife, deceased the year before he made this 
Win, viz. Dec. 31, 1816, aged 61 yrs. He d. Sept. 30, 1820. So 
his mortal form slumbered in the ancient burial ground, with the 
dust of his parents, grandparents, and great grandmother, Han- 
nah (Pike) Ballou ; his wife Desire's grave and his own being the 
oldest there marked by sculptured stones. 

[91.] Aakon Ballou', Samuer*, James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithtield, now Lincoln, R. I., Jan. 30, 1748, twin bro. of the 
above given Moses; in. Lydla xilhee, dr. of Eleazer Albee of 
Douglas, Mass., b. Sept. 17, 1745 ; cer. Mar. 5, 1773, by Daniel 
Mowry, J. P. Issue, all b. in then Smithtield, now Lincoln, B. I. — 

407 — 1. Mtuy, 1). Aug. 1, 1778; supposed d. young. 

408—3. Jomitliau, b. Mar. 13, '75; m. Mary Smith Mar. 38, 1798. 

400—8. Aarou, b. Apl. 14, '77; m. Mrs. Margaret Sleigliter Dec. 35, 1830. 

410-4. Isaac, 1). Mar. 80, '70; ni. Mary Wliite Mar. 17, 1797, etc. 

411—5. William, 1). June 8, '81; d. u. m. A])!. 0, 1886, Terre Haute. lud. 



413—6. Lyclia, b. May 19, 1788; m. Andrew Edmunds. 
418 — 7. Susanna, b. Sept. 27, '88; m. Jonatlian Weeden. 

After tlie division of the old patrimonial homestead between 
Aaron^ and his twin bro. Moses\ Apl. 6, 1777, Aaron, by agree- 
ment, occupied a part of his deceased father's domicile for a few 
months till he conld bnild a new one on his own premises. He 
bnilt accordingly, and dwelt therein until 1794, when he sold his 
real estate to Rnfus George and Samuel Hill. The dwelling house 
he built is now, or recently was, owned and occupied by Job 
Mann. After selling out, Aaron^ removed with his family to 
Adams, Mass., where he settled and remained till 1810. Thence 
he removed to Galway, Saratoga Co., N. Y., settled on a piirchased 
farm, and there d. Mar. 9, 1816, a. 68 yrs. 1 mo. and 10 ds. Mrs. 
Lydia, his widow, d. there Jan. 20, 1833, a. 87 yrs. 4 mos. and 3 
ds. No further particulars, nor personal characteristics given ; 
excepting a statement in one of the family papers, that he and 
his twn brother Moses so nearly resembled each other as hardly 
to be distinguishable. 

'f-5 • 

[91^.] Ruth Inman' (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballon', 
James', Maturin' ; b. on territory then Providence, later Smith- 
field, R. I., supposed during the year 1717 ; m. Samuel Aldrich. 
Nothino- more ascertained. 


[92.] Susanna Inman' (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballon', 
James", Maturin' ; b. on territory then Providence, later Smith- 
field, R. I., supposed during 1719 ; m. Vapt. li'ichard Sayles (John, 
John) Jan. 10, 1742, by B. Steere, J. P. No issue reported, and 
no more told, except that she was the 3d wife of Capt. Richard. 
There is a query whether it Avas this Susanna, or her mother, that 
became the 3d wife of Capt. Richard Sayles^ 

[92t].] Rachel Inman' (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballon", 
James", Maturin' ; b. on territory then Providence, later Smith- 
field, R. I., June 19, 1720 ; m. Jeremiah PhilUps Apl. 6, 1755, by 
B. Smith, J. P. No more told, and no further traced. 

1 93.] Sarah Inman', the next b. of this family, left no traceable 

[93^.] Martha Inman' (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballon'', 
James", Maturin' ; b. on territory then Providence, but soon after 
Glocester, R. I., Oct. 16, 1729; m. Joh Whipple Oct. 23, 1753, by 
B. Smith, J. P. No further reported or traced. 


[94.] John Inman' (John, John, Edwartl), Susanna Ballon', 
James', Matnrin' ; b. in Glocester, R. I., Aug-. 5, 1738; m. Anitc 
; no date or further particulars of their mg-e. Issue, under- 
stood to have been b. in Glocester, R. I., or the near vicinity. — 

413/.,— 1. Susanna Inniun, 1). Doc. 31, 1753; lived and d. u. ni. 

413f3— 2. Lydia Inman, 1). S(»i>t. 2, '55; m. James Wood. 

413 1\— 3. Mary Inman, h. June 20, '57; m. David Burlingann^. 

413 4^___ 4. Joliii Inman, b. July 30, '58; m. PhelH> Ballou July 25, 1784. 
413_5^_ 5. Sarah Inman, b. May 28, 'fiO; m. Samuel Bartlett. 
413/^— 6. Asa Inman, b. Sept. 17, '01; m. Martha Inman Apl. 7, 17!)1. 
413^'.) — 7. Esther Inman, 1). An;?- 1, '03; lived and d. u. m. _^ 
413^h|^_ 8. Jesse Inman, b. Mar. 27, '05; m. SaraliTillson Oct. 3, 1703. 
413i».j— 0. Content Inman, h. May 20, '07; m. Daniel Wall. 

41315—10. Olive Inman, b. Oct. 1, '08; lived and d. n. m. 

413[i— 11. Waity Inman, b. Sept. 15, '70; " 

413 1 3— 12. Enoch Inman, b. Jan. 10, '72; " 

414 —13. Tourtellot Inman, b. June 17, '77; m. Achsa Read. 

Nothing further reported of John and Anne Inman. 

[95.] David Inman' (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballou', 
James", Maturin' ; b. in Glocester, R. L, May 5, 173() ; m. Thdnk- 
fiil Smith June 17, 1759, by Jonah Steere, J. P. Issue. — 

. 414|— 1. AVilliam Inman, b. May 19, 1705. 
This family no further reported or traced. 

'■^^' [95^.] Uriah Arnold', Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold', wife of 
Daniel, dr. of James Ballou", Matnrin' ; b, Apl. 9, 1721 ; m. /iV/.;- 
aheth Peek, dr. of Nathan Peck, b. in Rehoboth, Mass., Aug. 0, 
172G ; particulars of cer. not ascertained. Issue. — 

414^ — 1. Daniel Arnold, birth-date not found; m. Patience Eeed. 
415—2. Elizabeth Arnold, " " m. Elkanah Spear. 

Mrs. Elizabeth d. not far from 1749 ; and Uriah' united himself 
without cer. to Dorcas Arnold, dr. of Moses. Issue. — 

410 — 3. Fatima Arnold, no birth-date found; d. without issue. 
417 — 4. Clarissa Arnold, " " " m. Hemy Comstock. 

This branch of descendants no further traced. 

[9G.] Priscilla Arnold', Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold', &c. No 
trace of her on the records ; sup. to have d. young. 

[97.] Enoch Arnold', Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold', wife of 


Daniel, dr. of James Ballon", Matnrin ' ; b. Mar. 31, 1725; m. 
Deborah Comstock, dr. of David ; cer. Jnne 23, 1747. They 
dwelt in Cnmberland, R. I. Issne. — 

418 — 1. Benjamin, birtli-date not found; no furtlier traced. 

419 — 2. Amej', " " m. an Aldricli; no fnrtlier traced. 

420—3. Joseph, " " m. Patience Wilbonr Mar. 28, 1775. 

No characteristics obtained. 

[98.] Elijah Arnold", Batlisheba (Ballon) Arnold', &c. No 
trace of him on the records. 

[99.] Mary Arnold', Batlisheba (Ballon) Arnold', wife of Dan- 
iel, dr. of James Ballon", Matnrin" ; b. Dec. 23, 172G; m. llezediah 
Comstoek, Jr., Apl. 20, 174(). Hezediah was b. Jan. 9, 1715, and d. 
Dec. 1751. No issne on record. 

[100.] Rachel Arnold', Batlisheba (Ballon) Arnold', wife of 
Daniel, dr. of James Ballon", Matnrin'; b. Dec. 19, 1730; m. 
Stephen Arnold, son of Richard, b. Apl. 23, 1728; cer. May 27, 
174{). Issne, in the Sniithfield section of Woonsocket, R. I. — 

421 — 1. Alpha, h. Mar. 2, 1750; m. Jndg'e Peleg Aldrich; no issue. 

422—2. Elijah, h. Dec. 15, '50; m. 1st Hannah Arnold Feb. 14, 1771, 2d 

Dinah Keed Feb. 5, 1789. 

428—3. Euth, b. Oct. 1, '53; m. Elislia Bartlett. 

424—4. Joanna, b. Mar. 8, '55; m. Thomas Aldrich. 

425 — 5. Mercy, b. Aug. 4, '57; m. Naaman Aldrich. 

420—6. Diana, b. Nov. 5, '62; m. Joel Aldrich. 

427—7. Bathsheba, b. Oct. 24, '64; m. Augustus Aldrich. 

428—8. Rachel, b. Feb. 9, '70; m. Caleb Aldrich. 

429—9. Cyrus, b. Sept. 1, '74; m. Euth Arnold. 

Stephen Arnold was a man of intelligence, virtue and distinc- 
tion. He dwelt on the homestead of the present Hon. Cyrns 
Arnold, his grandson. He d. May 2, 179G. Richardson in his 
History of Woonsocket qnotes the follo-vving testimonial fi-om an 
obitnary notice of him, published in the Providence Gazette of 
May 7, 1796. — " His intellectual faculties were of a superior kind. 
Benevolence and humanity were prominent traits in his character. 
He was frequently appointed to offices of trust by the town and 
by the State ; and he held the office of Justice Peace for njiwards 
of thirty years." Of course his wife must have contributed largely 
to his prosperity in life, and ought to share accordingly in his 
reputation. We have not her death-date. 


[101.] Dorcas Aknold', Batlislieba (Ballon) Arnold"', wife of 
Daniel, dr. of James Ballon*', Matnrin' ; b. May 18, 1732 ; m. 
James CkirgiU, Jr., son of James and Pliebe, b. Feb. 27, 1729 ; m. 
Dee. 7, 1752. Issne, mostly b. in Cimiberland, R. I. — 

430—1. Rhocla Cargill, 1). June 1(5, 1759; m. 1st Oapt. R. Vanazunm, 2cl 

Seth Harden. 
431—2. James Cargill, li. Apl. 37, '(52; m. Chloe Chaffee 178(5. 
432—3. David Cargill, b. May 2, '65; m. Thankful White. 
433—4. Nathan Cargill, b. Mar. 16, '68; m. 1st Mercy Angell, 2d Sybil 

434—5. John Cargill, b. Jan. 27, '71; m. Mary Crow Jan. 14, 1700. 
435—6. Daniel Cargill, 1). Sept. 17, '73; m. Elizabeth Bovee 1801. 

436 — 7. George Cargill, b. , '76; d. in early infancy. 

437—8. George Cargill, 1). May 28, '77; m. 1st Elizabeth Whiting, 2d Drnsa 


James Cargill, Jr., and Dorcas' resided for some time in Paw- 
tnxet, R. I. They removed thence to Mendon, Mass. ; thence to 
CHimberland, R. I., where they owned what is now called the 
Fenner Brown place ; and finally settled on the homestead now 
owned by their gt. g-randson, David Olney Cargill. They were 
enterprising, industrions, economical, thrifty, and respectable peo- 
ple. He d. Nov. 21, 1804, a. 75 yrs. She d. Sept. 25, 1825, a. 93. 

[102.] Anna Arnold', Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold', wife of Dan- 
iel, dr. of James Ballon', Matnrin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Feb. 
19, 1734 ; m. Cdleh Arnold of said Smithfield, ptge., birth-date, 
etc., not fonnd ; cer. Jan. 3, 1773. Issne. — 

438 — 1. Joseph- Arnold; ni. Barbara Dnticott, and had three sons. 
439 — 2. Arba Arnold; m. Isaliella Davis, and had three daughters. 

This liranch of descent no further traced. 

[103.] Mary B.allou', Nehemiah", James', Matnrin' ; b. in then 
Glocester, now Bnrrillville, R. I., May 28, 1728; m. Jo/m Coiroi, 
prob. sou of John and Sarah Cowen, b. in Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 
2G, 1724-5 ; cer. Apl. 4, 1751. They are said to have settled in 
some part of New York State, where she d. in 1813, leaving chn. 
No further information, or attempt to trace descendants. 

[104.] Uranah Ballou', Nehemiah', James', Matnrin' ; b. in 
then Glocester, now Bnrrillville, R. I., June 9, 1730 ; m. Jonathan 
Aritc/iell,, ijarentage, birth-date, etc., not fonud; cer. in said Gloces- 
ter May 21, 174G, by J. Andrews, J. P. They are said to have 


settled in Killiiigly, Ct., wliere she d. leayin,"- clin. But all at- 
tempts to trace the family descent have proved fruitless. 

[105.] Petep. Ballou', Nehemiah', James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Glocester, noAv Burrillville, R. I., July 15, 1732; m. Lydhi J^/ii/fip.s^ 
dr. of Jeremiah Phillips of said Glocester, b. about 1731 ; date 
and particulars of cer. not found. Issue. — 

440— 1. Freelovo, b. June 26, 17.'54; m. Elijah Cook, Jr., Oct. 13, 1773. 

441— 2. Mary, h. May 18, '56; m. Israel Smith July 6, 1773. 

442— 3. Patience, h. Jan. 5, '58; d. during' the Revolutionarj^ War. 
443—4. Eve, h. Feb. 10, '60; (1. same week 

444— 5. Martha, b. Sept. 22, '61; d. same week 

445 — 6. Joanna, b. Apl. 18, '63; d. same week " " 

446— 7. Seth, b. Oct. '-, 'T2; m. Sophia Anderson. 

447 — 8. Lallan, h. not found; m. Betsey Nutting. 
448—9. Lydia, b. " m. Phillips. 

449—10. Eizpah, b. " m. 1st G. Nutting, 2d R. Garfield. 
450—11. Sarah,!.. " m. Smith. 

Besides the above specified, there were three unnamed infants — 
makino- 14 chn. in all. Most of these, if not all, are presumed to 
have been b. in then Glocester, B. I. And it is said that 4 out of 
the 14 d. in one week, during- the Bevolutionary War. The his- 
tory of this Peter Ballou' has l)een verj^ difficult to trace. It 
would seem that his father, Nehemiah^, settled him on the westerly 
part of his larg"e homestead in then Glocester, now Burrillville, 
R. I. ; but that, sometime during* the Revolutionary War, he sold 
out his patrimony and removed to a town in Mass., perhaps Mon- 
son or its vicinity. Thence, not far from 1803, he emig-rated to 
Litchfield, Herkimer Co., N. Y., settled on a good homestead 
there, and, gTOwing- old, ,g"ave his farm to his son Laban, on con- 
dition of maintenance for himself and Avife during life. This ar- 
rangement was frustrated by some domestic infelicity in Laban's 
family, and the ag-ed parents betook themselves to the more g-enial 
care of their son Seth. With him they ended their days ; he d. at 
Litchfield, N. Y., in Mar. 1818, and she in Cuyahog-a Co., O., Aug-. 
1820 ; he at the a. of 88, she at that of 87 years. We fear it will 
be impossil>le for us to obtain the lacking- particulars in this family 
record, but we will do the best we can with our scanty available 

[lOG.] Seth B.\llou', Nehemiah', James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., June 4, 1734; m. Hannah Cowen, 
dr. of John and Sarah Cowen ; cer. June 9, 1754. Issue, all b. in 
then Glocester. — 


451—1. Ncliemiiih, b. Apl. 12, 1755; d. Sept. 3, 1761. 

453-3. Jo.seph, 1). Auj^-. 3«, '5{i; d. Sept. 15, 17G1. 

453—3. John, h. July 31, '58; d. Sept. 17, 17(31. 

454—4. Asa, b. Aug. 31, '(!3; ni. Roba Williams Dec. 3, 1780. 

455—5. Sarah, b. Dec. 13, '64; d. Nov. 7, 1770. 

456 — 6. Susanna, b. July 13, '67; m. William Lapham Jan. 5, 1786. 

457—7. Mary, b. June 5, '75; d. u. m. Oct. 7, 1833. 

Setli Ballon' inherited the main homesteiul of his father in now 
Bnrrillville, K. I., by gift-deed, dated Dec. 17, 1757 ; the consid- 
eration, " ])aternal love and affection." There he and his com- 
panion passed their days in honest industry, frugal economy, and 
worthy intercourse with their contemporaries of the old-fashioned 
respectable farmer class, and d. enjoying- the general esteem. 
Their family record shows the sad havoc which death made 
among their offspring ; three of their sons dying within the same 
fortnight. What form of ^lestilence swept them away we are not 
informed. So if they had their share of prosperity and comfort, 
they had their seasons of adversity, and drank often from the cup 
of sorrow. No remarkable incidents of their lives have come to 
our knowledge. Seth^ d. Apl. 7, 1806, a. 71 yrs. 10 nios. and 8 ds. 
Mrs. Hannah d. Nov. 30, 1824, a. not given. 

[107.] Peter Ballou', Jeremiah", Peter", Maturin' ; b. prob. in 
Scituate, R. I., at a date not ascertained. Neither record nor tra- 
dition avails us to say much of this Peter Ballon. Tradition is 
not only meagre among the family relatives, but somewhat va- 
riant — especially as to where he lived and died. One account 
says he lived and d. in Smithfield, R. L, another that he left his 
native place, and moved to a town in Massachusetts on the borders 
of N. Hampshire, or just over the line in N. H., where he died. 
But they all seem to ag-ree that he left no clin., and was never 
married. At what age lie d. no intimation reaches us, Init we infer 
that he must have passed the prime of life at his decease. And 
thus we must dismiss him fi'om our tale in the midst of a vague 
obscurity, which is always unpleasant to faithful genealogists. 

[108.] Jeremiah Ballou', Jeremiah', Peter, Maturin' ; b. prob. 
in Scituate, R. I., date not found; in. Gail (presumed to be) Ahl- 
(jail Record, of undiscovered ptge., l)irth-place, birth-date and 
marriage particulars. Issue. — 

458—1. Joseph Record, b. date not found; m. Betsey Ballon. 
459 — 3. Elislia, b. date not found; never married. 
460—3. Jeremiah, b. " " never married. 


4(31—4. Betsey, b. Killingly, Ct., 1778; m. Charles Keech. 
4(53 — 5. Sally, b. date not found; m. Jacob Phillips. 

Here we are again on an almost dateless family record, for wliicli 
tliere seems to be no remedy. The old Bible, wliicli contained 
important data, tog'etlier with other books and papers, is said to 
have been strangely lost about the year 1823 in Hartford ( V per- 
haps N. Y.), whither Jeremiah^ and his oldest son took them, 
along- with their baggage to keep, while executing a contract for 
setting up some kind of machinery. 

There are rather curious facts in the life of this Jeremiah Bal- 
lou\ One was, that he acquired, when or how has never been 
told us, a queer nickname — " Bumble Doruni." Mr. Peck says. — 
" When I commenced hunting up the ancestors of the present 
Ballous, I visited old settlements and old people, and inquired of 
them for old persons by the name of Ballon, especially such .as 
they could remember to have been old when they themselves were 
young-. During one of my long and tedious tramps on foot into 
the southern i)art of Smithtield, and into North Providence, '• '■'' 
I found an old gentleman who said that Avlien he was a boy an 
old man lived in that vicinity by the name of ' Bundjle Doruni 
Ballon.' I asked him if that was not a mcknaute. His reply was, 
that it might have been, but that he never knew him called by 
any other. I afterward found others who knew him by that 
name, but none who knew his correct name. After much inquiry 
in relation to the matter, I learned that a daughter of this man 
married a man by the name of Keech, who moved into Chenango 
County, N. Y." It so happened that Sullivan Ballon, Esq., (after- 
ward killed in the battle of Bull Run) who took a lively interest 
in Mr. Peck's researches, had business in Chenango Co., N. Y., 
and volunteered to look up Mr. Keech, and obtain some infor- 
mation about " Bumble Doruni." He did so, found Mr. Charles 
Keech to be a tine, intelligent old gentleman, able and willing to 
impart the desirable facts. Keech was living in Pittslield in the 
aforesaid county, and gave him the following- particulars con- 
cerning his father-in-law and the family. — " My wife was Betsey 
Ballon, dr. of Jeremiah, alias Bumble Dorum. She was born in 
Killingly, Ct. When two and half years old her father moved 
into Foster, E. I., and was continually moving about over the 
country. My wife Betsey died about three years ago [1850] in 
Columlius, Chenango Co., aged about 72. Bumble Dorum had 
live clin. ; two daug-hters — Betsey, iny wife, and Sally, who m. 


Jacob Phillips of Foster, R. I., — and three sous — Joseph Record, 
Elisha and Jeremiah. Joseph R. m. Betsey, a dr. of Asa Ballon 
[in the line of Nehemiah'] , and moved out here to Lawrence. He 
and his brother Jeremiah, Avhile in Lawrence making" and putting- 
up some spinning- frames, suddenly and secretly left the country. 
They were never heard fi-om ; thoug-h it was being- said Jeremiah 
was seen | afterward] in Buffalo." [Other statements from certain 
relatives purport that the missing- brothers were murdered for 
their money.] " I never knew that Jeremiah was married. Ehsha 
never Avas, and d. in R. I. I moved Joseph R. Ballon' s family 
back to Glocester, R. I. Bumble Dorum was the son of Jeremiah 
'of Glocester. He had one bro. Peter, who moved into Mass., near 
the N. H. line — perhaps over it, and d. there. Peter never had 
any clin. There were two sisters of Bumble Dorum — Sarah, who 
m. Ishmael Aldrich of Glocester (bro. to old Solomon Aldrich), 
and Isabella, who m. Andrew Harrington of Glocester." 

" Bundjle Dorum learned his trade, as a blficksmith, of Haw- 
kins. He lived once in N. H., once in Ct., and has lived up here 
in Lawrence [N. Y.]. About thirty yrs. ago [which would be 
1823], he and his son Joseph R. went to Hartford [prob. N. Y., 
possibly Ct.] to jnit up or make some machinery, and carrying- 
witli them the Bible ^snth the family record and other books lost 
them all. He was b. in Glocester ; his wife was Gail Record ; and 
he died at my house in Columbus about fifteen yrs. ago [i. e. 
1838]* and was buried there, aged 88 yrs." 

We have quoted thus freely from Mr. Peck and his documents, 
because we could not other-^dse so well bring into notice the few 
salient points in the family history of Jeremiah^ and the peculiar- 
ities of his character. After all, we get no clew to the origin of 
his nivkna'iihe, and cannot follow him very satisfactorily through 
the zigzag- career of his long and checkered life. But Ave have 
opened to view some facts, events and circumstances which may 
be of use in treating the cases of his chn. and descendants. As 
to the death of Mrs. Gail, alias Abigail (Record) Ballon, we have 
found no indication of the place or date. 

[109.] Sarah B.\llou', Jeremiah', Peter", Maturin' ; b. prob. in 
Glocester, R. I., no birth-date found; m. Ishmael Al<li'ir/i, perhaps 
a son of Solomon, said to be a bro. of Glocester Solomon — no 
date furnished us of his mge., and no further trace obtained of 
the married pair. Whither they went, Avhat befell them, and how 
they closed their mortal career, are left to us unintelligible blanks. 




[110.] Isabella Ballou', Jereiniali', Peter, Matiiriu' ; b. prob. 
in Glocester, II. I., birtli dateless ; m. Aiulreio Harrington, son of 
David ; cer. in Glocester May 4, 1768, by Jona. Harris, J. P. 
Issue, all presumed to have been b. in said Glocester. — 

463—1. Pliinelias Harrington, b. Jan. 30, 1709; ni. Hnldali Irons Feb. 37, 


464—2. Jesse Harrington, h. Mar. 18, '70. 

465—3. Keziali Harrington, h. Feb. 8, '73. 

466—4. Abel Harrington, b. Dec. 9, '76. 

467—5. Sarali Harrington, b. Feb. 19, '83. 

468 — 6. Siua or Lucina Harrington, b. Mar. 20, '84. 

Here our finding's are more fortunate. But we are unable to 
trace this family further. 

[111.] Abigail Ballou", Jeremiah', Peter, Maturin' ; b., as 
presumed, in Glocester, R. I., birth dateless; m. PliU'ip Aldric/i, 
son of Solomon and Martha, b. on territory that became Cumber- 
land, R. I., Nov. 6, 1741; cer. in said Glocester Sept. 12, 1777. 
The family no further traced. 

[112 AND 113.] The descendants of Peter Ballou" through Phebe 
(Ballou) King-, viz., Phebe King' and Jerusha King', have already 
been dismissed as untraceable. Also, 

[114, 115 AND 116,] the descendants of Jemima (Ballou) Sprague', 
Peter", Maturin'. Also, 

[117 AND 118,] the descendants of Martha (Ballou) King, viz., 
Pheba" and Martha King', whose father was John King, Jr. 

And thus we end Generations Four and Five. 
Fifth and Sixth Generations. 

[119.] John Ballou", John', John', John'", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Apl. 3, 1743 ; m. Sihella Leland, 
eldest dr. of Amariah and Ursula (Lovett) Leland, b. in Sherboru, 
Mass., 1739 ; date and particulars of cer. not ascertained. No 

It is, however, proper to state that previous to marriage Sibella 
Leland became the mother of a son whom she named Richard 
Ohiey. This son was virtually, if not formally, adopted by Jolin^, 
and made his heir. He grew up to be a very worthy and enter- 


prising" man. He went into successful trade in Burrillville, and 
later in Providence, R. I., accumulated a handsome property, and 
finally settled in Oxford, Mass., where he became an influential 
citizen. We have not numbered him among- the Ballous, because 
he never took our name. We knew him personally as a fi'iend 
long' years ago, biit have lost the thread of his later history. 

John Ballou" settled on the land given him by his father in 
1777. See Smithiield Eecs., B. 7, p. 180. This estate was deeded 
jointly to him and his bro. Eichard. The latter sold his portion 
to their other bro., Benjamin. John and Benjamin at length di- 
vided their inheritance. Later John' and wife made their home, 
for a considerable time, with their son Richard Olney in Provi- 
dence, but finally returned to Smithfield and closed their earthlj^ 
pilgrimage in the family of his bro. lieujamin. There she d. Dec. 
20, 1805, a. about 6G yrs. ; and he Feb. 18, 1806, a. 62 yrs. 10 mos. 
and 15 ds. Mr. Olney commendably erected decent grave-stones 
to commemorate them ; which may be seen on the easterly side 
of the road near where the ancient John Ballon domicile formerly 

[120.] Benjamin Ballou", John", John", John", Maturin' ; h. in 
then Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Nov. 20, 1746; m. Mercy 
Phillips, dr. of John Phillips, said to be half-sister to the 1st wife 
of Moses Ballou'; cer. ApL 15, 1770, by Elder Ezekiel Angell. 
Issue, all b. in said Smithfield. — 

4(59 — 1. Phillips, b. date not found; d. young. 

470—2. Pardon, 1). " " d. young. 

471 — 3. Benjamin, b. " " d. n. m. in his 31st year. 

473—4. Mary, b. " " m. WiUiam Newman Pel). 14, 1803. 

473—5. Abner, b. " " d. young. 

474—6. Content, b. " " d. u. m. in her 31st year. 

475—7. Mercy, b. " " m. Eleazcr Mowry, Jr^ Nov. 11, 1S13. 

What a pity that a whole family of seven chn. should be left 
without birth-dates! We can approximate these dates only by 
reckoning from the mge. of the parents, Apl. 15, 1770, and g"uess- 
ing the rest. Benjamin Ballou" settled on land given him by his 
father June 12, 1770. He built the lioiise afterward occupied by 
his dr. Mercy and her husband, Eleazer Mowry. He appears to 
have been a respectable common citizen, and was a militia Captain 
in 1781, near the close of the Revolutionai*y War. He d. on his 
homestead Oct. 24, 1826, a. 79 ja'S. 11 mos. and 4 ds. His Avife's 
death-date not communicated to us. 


[121.] Anna Ballou', Jolni', Jolm', Jolm', Maturm' ; b. in then 
Smitlifield, R. I., Dec. 14, 1749; m. John Whitman, possibly sou 
of Jacob and Hanuali, b. Feb. 13, 1744; no mg-e.-date reported 
to US. Issue. — 

47G— 1. Anna Wliitman, 1). no dates given; nothing more. 

477—2. Lucy Wliitman, b. 

478—3. Eicliarcl ^Vliitman, 1). " 

47!)— 4. Elizabeth Wliitman, b. " 

Here we are left without records, or traditionary information, 
and must leave the distant cousins of this family branch in the 
great wilderness of our common humanity. 

[122.] Richard Ballou", John', John', John", Maturin' ; 1). in 
Smithtield, R. I., date not found; m. Lucy Arnold of Smithfield — 
no i)articulars of ptg-e., birth or mge. Issue, all b. in the north- 
easterly part of Cumberland, R. I. — 

480—1. Mercy, b. Apl. 19, 1778; m. Nathan Aldrich. 

481—2. Arnold, b. May 16, 1780; m. Abigail Trask Feb. 27, 180G. 

482—3. Lydia, b. Mar. 14, '82; d. Nov. 9, 1789. 

483 — 4. Augustus, b. May 4, '84; m. 1st Lucy ToAver, 2d Isabella Howard. 

484—5. Thomas, b. Feb. 21, '86; m. Lydia Gould. 

485—6. Eichard, b. Mar. 21, '88; d. u. m. 

486—7. Lucy, 1). Sept. 19, '90; m. Orren Grant Oct. 14, 1814. 

487—8. Willard, b. July 28, '95; m. Sally Clark June 27, 1822. 

488—9. Polly or Mary, b. Feb. 6, '99; m. Simon W. Sheldon Aug. 22, 1822. 

Richard Ballou' was a sturdy, industrious, frugal farmer. He 
sold out his inheritance in the old Smithtield, John Ballou home- 
stead in 1777 to his bro. Benjainin, and settled in the extreme 
noi-theasterly section of Cumberland. There he and his wife 
spent their connubial days. Their home was near what was for- 
merly known as Hathaway Mills. We ought to have been fur- 
nished with their death-dates, but never were. 

[128.] Abigail Ballou', John,' John,' John,' Maturin"; b. in 
then Smithtield, R. I., date not found ; m. Sylvanus Sayles of said 
Smithtield — no further jjarticulars given. Issue. — 

489 — 1. John Sayles, b. date not found. 

490 — 2. Chloe Sayles, b. date not found; m. Martin Hutchinson. 

Another skeleton family record — no further traced. 

[124.] Nancy Ballou", John', John', John'', Maturin'; b. in 
then Smithtield, R. I., birth dateless ; m. Linjn,^ Streeter of said 


Smitliticld, no particulars of his ptge., birth or moe. Issue.— 

49-l_l. Cliloe Strceter, b. not found; m. Hosea Spragne. 

493—2. Enfus Streeter, b. " d. iu manliood of measles u. m. 

493—3. Ehoda Streeter, b. " untraced— moved away. 

494_4. Lydia Streeter, b. " m. David F. Harris Dec. 31, 1800. 

We have been furuishecl \ai\\ no requested' information con- 
cerning" the character or hfe-career of these parents. The hus- 
band, Rufus Streeter^ d. Mar. 26, 1809. Mrs. Nancy^' d. Feb. 2G, 

[125.] Simeon Ballou', Abraham", John', John"', Maturin' ; b. 
iu then Smithfield, R. I., Mar. 21, 1740 ; m. Mary Cnlf of said 
Smithtield, ptge. and birth-date not given ; cer. Apl. 1, 17(52, by 
Ezekiel Cbmstock, J. P. Issue, all b. in Smithtield. — 

Phebe, b. Sept. 29, 17G2; m. John Inman, Jr., July 25, 1784. 
Abraham, b. perhaps 1764; m. Diana Mowry Mar. 6, 1785. 
William, b. " 1767; m. Abigail Wilbor. 

Laviua, b. " 1770; m. William Bowen. 

Rachel, b. " 1773; m. Charles Westcott. 

Leah, b. " 1775; m. Daniel Aldrich. 

Welcome, 1). Nov. 19, 1780; m." Anrelia Taft Jan. 10, 1802. 
George, b. prob. 1782; m. 1st not told; 2d Nancy Fisk. 
Molly, b. not found; uncertain where she came in; d. young. 
Ehoda, b. " " " " " " " 

505—11. Mary, b. prol). 1786; m. 1st Eoyal Galium, 2d Mr. Coombs. 

We always regret exhibiting so many conjectural dates, or worse 
mere blanks, in a family record, but such is often our fate, as in 
this case. Whoso readeth, let him take warning, and not neglect 
his genealogical registration. Simeon Ballon" settled, lived and 
died on a homestead near what is now Slaterville, B. I. It occu- 
pied a hill on the southerly side of Branch river, and was both 
conspicTious and valuable. No biographical incidents or charac- 
teristics have been vouchsafed to us, but we have no reason to 
doubt that he and his wife were worthy people. He d. May 3, 
1786, and was buried in the vicinity of Woonsocket. Mary, his 
widow, survived him over 40 years. She found a comfortable 
home with her dr. Bachel (Ballon) Westcott and husband, and 
finally died with them in Charlestown, N. H., where they settled. 
She d. there July 22, 1827, and her grave-stone may be found in 
the old No. Charlestown Burying Ground. She must have been 
over 80 yrs. of age, though by report of the inscription it made 
her but 72 or 73. This would reduce her to childhood at her 
mge., 17G2, and must be erroneous. 


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[126.] David Ballou', Abraham', Jolm', John', Maturin' ; h. 
prob. in Glocester, E. I., date not found; m. Mary Smifli, dr. of 
Richard, b. in Smithfiekl, E. I., about 1746 ; date and particulars 
of cer. not ascertained. Issue, all supposed to have lieen b. in 
Glocester, E. I. — 

nOO— 1. Thankful, b. , 1768; m. Jolm Bently. 

507— 2. Pardon, b. , '69; d. Providence, K. I., a. 17 j-rs. 

508— 3. Asa, b. July 6, '71; ni. Nancy Jones 17!)6. 

509 — 4. Sarali, b. , '73; d. u. m. in Glocester, a. 22 yrs. 

510— 5. Nancy, b. '75; d. in Glocester, a. 22 ja-s. 

511 — 6. Aclisa, b. '76; m. Hazariali Phillips. 

512— 7. Polly, b. June, '78; m. Joseph Merrick. 

513— 8. Esther, b. '80; d. n. m. Sandy Creek, N. Y., 1842. 

514— 9. Arthur, b. '82; m. 1st Hannah Comstock, 2d Sally Post. 
515—10. Phila, b. '83; d. Glocester, a. 14 yrs. 

516 — 11. David, b. '85; m. Abigail Jackson. 
517—12. Hannah, b. Nov. 14, '86; m. John Pierce. 
518 — 13. Cynthia, b. '91 ; m. Amos Jackson. 

This Da\dd Ballou' and wife Mary resided in Glocester, E. I. 
They were honest, industrious and worthy people, who had a hard 
struggle to provide for such a family, and sometimes received a 
needed lift from their more favored relatives. He wore out and 
d. in 1811. Al)out five years afterward his wid. and several of her 
chn. removed to Ballston Spa, N. Y., whither some of the older 
and married ones had previously emigrated. Thence they seem 
to have scattered, sooner or later, into other parts of the State, 
and into the newer States of the West. When Mr. Peck sought 
their localities and family records, it was with much difficulty that 
he could open communication with them, and with scarcely less 
that they could furnish even imperfect data in answer to his 
genealogical inquiries. And now, after considerable additional 
endeavor, we are obliged to content ourselves with insufficient 
details. Scarcely any biographical material has been obtained. 
We can only add that Mrs. Mary (Smith) Ballou, the venerable 
widow, d. at Sandy Creek, N. Y., in the month of July, 1831, a. 
about 85 yrs. 

[127.] Phebe Ballou", Al)raham', John"', John", Maturin' ; b. 
prob. in Smithfiekl, E. I., date not found ; m. John Smith, son of 
John and Abigail Smith, b. in said Smithfiekl June 28, 1736 ; cer. 
A])l. 15, 1761, by Samuel Winsor, J. P. Issue, all |)resumed to 
have been b. in Smithfield. — 

519—1. Phebe Smith, b. July 30, 1762; untraced. 


520—2. Mary Smitli, b. July 4, 17(;4; nntruccd. 
521 — 3. Simeon Smith, b. not found; " 

522—4. David Smitli, I). " 

Having" failed to obtain mucli doliiiite information concerning" 
Pliebe (Ballon) Smith' and her descendants, Ave have conclnded 
to lump the scraps which have come to us in a brief statement, 
and dismiss her family branch, as no further traceable. We be- 
lieve that they lived and d. in Smithtield. The ag^ed wid. of 
Abraham Ballou, Mary (Sayles) Ballon, the mother of Phebe 
Smith, lived, as we have seen, in their family many years, out- 
lived them both, and d. finally in the care of Thos. Appleby and 
wife, the latter being- one of Phebe (Ballou) Smith's drs. ; but 
whether Pliebe, Jr., or Mary, is not told. So we cannot give the 
death-dates of Phebe (Ballou) Smitli and husband. Nor have we 
gleaned any dates whatever in the records of their posterity. AVe 
are told that Phebe Smith" m., and had Ilizi)ali, Mary, Waity and 
Phebe, who also had clin. Of Mary Smith'' we learn nothing. 
Simeon Smith' is said to have m., lived near Woonsocket, and 
had 5 chn. ; viz. Welcome, Mary, Bacliel, Leah and William. 
Likewise it is told that David Smith" m., settled in Glocester, 
K. I., and had several chn. We hoped to have been furnished 
with complete data in all these cases, but have been disapjioiiited, 
and can report only the above. We would gladly number all 
these cousins in our Israel, but must leave them as no further 

[Nos. 128 TO 131, Inclusive,] Abner, John, Rebecca, Mercy, 
Mary and Abigail Lapliam, chn. of Mary (Ballou) Lapliam', 
John'', John", Maturin', have already been dropped as no further 

[Nos. 135, 136 AND 137,] chn. of Sarah (Ballou) Sprag-ue\ John', 
John', Maturin', wife of Daniel Sprague ; viz. Naomi, Lucy and 
David Si)rague — have been consigned to the same obscurity. 

[138.] Tabitha Kempton", dr. of Tabitha (Ballou) Kempton', 
John', John", Maturin', and Manasseh Kempton ; b. at a date not 
ascertained ; m. Ju/m Weat/ierhea(J, son of Daniel, in Cumberland, 
E. I. ; cer. Apl. 19, 1770,' by Elder Daniel Miller. Issue, under- 
stood to have been b. in said Cuml)erland. — 

528—1. Freelove Weatlierliead, b. Dec. 14, 1771. 
534—2. Welcome Weatlierliead, b. Feb. 8, '76. 
525—3. Lavinia Weatlierliead, b. Sept. 1, '78. 


52G — 4. Siisauuti Weatlierhead, b. Jan. 8, 1781. 

527—5. Mary Weatlierliead, b. Feb. 11, '84. 

528—6. Kutli Weatlierheaa, b. Mar. !), '86; m. David Whipple. 

529—7. Whipple Weatherhead, b. June 22, '88; m. Sarali Haskell May 14, 

580—8. John Weatherhead, b. May 22, '90; m. Achsa Whipple. 

Jolm Weatherlieacl d. Jan. 29, 1829. Mrs. Tabitlia' d. Apl. 9, 

[139.] Ehoda Ballou', Peter', Jolm'', Jolm', Maturin' ; b. in 
Smitliiield, R. I., date not obtained; m. George 8trtetei\ ptge., 
birtli-date, <&c., not given ; cer. Oct. 30, 17—, by William Alverson, 
J. P. Issue, all b. in said Smitliiield. — 

531—1. Nathaniel Streeter, b. July 3, 1775; m. Waite Wilkinson, of Robert, 

Oct. 31, 1799. 

532—2. Anne Streeter, b. Aug. 21, '76. 

533—3. Ballon Streeter, b. Mar. 10, '79; m. Mary . 

534_4. Amey Streeter, b. Dec. 23, '80; m. Jacob Wilkinson Jan. 30, 1800. 

535—5. Permelia Streeter, b. June 18, '87. 

536—6. George Streeter, b. Aug. 13, '93. 

These figures do not sliow exactly to our taste, but tliey are as 
our researcher reported them. No other data has reached us, 
and so we are obliged to say — ^no further traced. 

[Nos. 140 AND 111.] William and Lydia Arnold', chn. of Elce 
or Alcy Ballon', Maturin', John', Maturin', wife of David Arnold, 
have already dropped fi'om our chain of descent. 

[142.] Joseph Ballou', AVilUam', Maturin', John', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithtield, now Lincoln, E. I., Nov. 18, 1783, removed with his 
parents while young to Tunbridge, Yt. ; m. JLariiet Hawes, dr. of 
WilHam Hawes, b. in Brookfield, Vt., Dec. 13, 1806 ; cer. in 1820. 
Issue. — 

537—1. Sidney, b. Aug. 7, 1826; d. u. ni. Mar. 2, 1862. 
538—2. Maturin, I). Sept. 15, '28; d. an infant, 1829. 
539—3. Margaret, b. Aug. 7, '29; res. u. m. Eoyalton, Vt. 
540—4. Nelson, b. Nov. 2, '31; d. Apl. 4, 1851. 
541—5. Ada, b. Sept. 18, '33; d. Feb. 1835. 
542—6. Horace, b. May 15, '35; m. Mary E. Houston 1866. 
543—7. Edmund, b. Oct. 22, '37; res. u. m. Eoyalton, Vt. 
544—8. ) Harrison, b. Apl. 28, '40; res. u. m. Eoyalton, Vt. 
545—9. i Church, b. Ai.l. 28, '40; d. in Union Army 1862. 

This is a creditable family record, replete with dates. Joseph 
Ballon' was a respectable farmer, and his family worthy people. 


He resided awhile in Chelsea, Vt., and then settled in Tunbiidq-e, 
where he d. in 1853. Prob. most of his elm. were 1). in Tunbridge, 
Vt. ; but of this we are not certain. Subsequently to his death 
his widow and surviving- clin. chang-ed their homes several times. 
In 1878, she, Marg-aret, Edmund and Harrison were residing- to- 
gether in Royalton, Vt. ; at which date Horace had been bereaved 
of his wife, and was dwelling- in Stratford, Vt. We have just 
learned (Oct. 1884) that Mrs. Mary E. (Houston) Ballou, wife of 
Horace, d. Jul}^ 3, 1873. Horace is now living wifeless and child- 
less in Eoyalton, Vt. Mrs. Harriet (Hawes) Ballou, wid. of Jo- 
seph", d. in Royalton, Vt., June 10, 1870, a. nearly 70 yrs. Thus 
this family seems likely to become extinct. 

[113.] AViLLiAM B.YLLOU', William', Maturin', John", Maturin' ; 
b. prob. in Smithtield, now Lincoln, 11. I., Aug. 20, 1786. removed 
while young- with his parents to Tunbridge, Vt. ; m. Ii<(t'hai;t 
Biirklln, dr. of Charles, b. in Grafton, N. H., Nov. 29, 1790; cer. 
in said Tunbridge June 13, 1819, by Samuel Austin, J. P. Issue, 
all understood to have been b. in Tunbridge. — 

540— 1. Nameless iuft., b. Nov. 1819; pi-ematnre birth and death. 

547— 2. Morey, b. '20; d. 1823. 

548— 8. Lorami, b. '23; d. 1828. 

549— 4. Abiah, b. Mar. 20, '24; m. Willard H. Dawley, Westerly, E. I. 

550— 5. William Harrison, b. Mar. 19, '26; d. u. m. Tnnbridije, Vt., Aug. 

1, 1871. 

551— 6. Almauda, b. Nov. 10, '27; d. Oct. 8, 1858, u. m. 

552— 7. Sanford Jackson, b. Aug. 5, '29; went abroad, and only lately 

heard from. 

558 — 8. James Hiram, b. June 25, '81; d. in Union Army Feb. 4, 1802. 

554— 9. Charles Eiley, b. June 29, '88; m., had a family, and d. in Cali- 

555—10. Infant, b. , '85; d. sameyr., 1885. 

550 — 11. Marcellus Chandler, b. Jan. 20, '37; a wreck from disease, Tun- 
bridge, Vt. 

557—12. Barliara Annie, b. Oct. 20, '39; m. Abel Merrill Sept. 9, 1878. 

558—18. Sarah Abbie, b. Sept. 24, '42; d. deeply lamented Apl. 28, 1872. 

William Ballon', farmer, settled in Tunbridge, Vt., where it is 
understood all the abovenamed elm. were b. There he d. Dec. 
22, 1862 ; there also his wid., Mrs. Barbara, d. Dec. 20, 1870. Few 
personal characteristics given us. Death seems to have cut oli" 
the elm. with an unsparing hand. Besides those who passed 
away in infancy, the majority that reached adult yrs. had departed 
before 1873. A letter from Mr. and Mrs. Abel Merrill to Mr. 



Peck, dated Chelsea, Vt., Dec. 18, 1873, lias a few senteuces of 
interest, wliicli may well be preserved. — " Biit a fragment or tAvo 
of tlie family remains." " Mrs. Barbara (Bucklin) Ballon was one 
of the most amiable of women, and the best of mothers." "San- 
ford Jackson Ballon has not been heard from for the last 22 yrs." 
" Wm. Harrison was a seaman for 9 yrs. — 3 yrs. in the U. S. ser- 
Aice, on board the Powhattan, when she visited China and Japan. 
He saw service in all the climates and zones of the earth." " James 
Hiram d. in the service of his country." See above. " Charles 
E-iley is snpiiosed to be living- on the Pacific Coast." " Chandler, 
in Tnnbridge, had his mental faculties destroyed by disease in 
early life, and is but a sad ruin." " Sarah Abbie [who d. Aj)l. 23, 
1872,] was one of the loveliest of women." " The death of that 
beaiitiful sister left Annie standing alone, in a cloud of mixed 
memories both cheerful and soiTowful." We have had several 
communications from Mr. and Mrs. Merrill, all more or less im- 
Xjortant. Their most important contents will hereafter be noticed. 
One of the last suggests our omitting the several specific family 
dates, as possibly inaccurate to some extent ; but we })refer to let 
them stand as at least proximately correct, and better than none. 

1 11:4.J Bezeliel Ballou', William', Maturin", John", Maturin' ; 
b. presumably in then Smithfield, now Lincoln, P. L, 171)2 ; m. 
Ahi(j<t'd Oi'diray, dr. of Benjamin and Lucy (Eastman) Ordway, 
b. diiring 1805 ; cer. Sept. 12, 1827. Issue.— 

559—1. John, b. A\\\x- 13, 1828; m. Cordelia L. King 185(). 

500—2. George, b. June 4, '29; m. Abby M. Noyes 1854. 

501—8. Liicy, b. Sept. 12, '30; J. u. m. Tnnbridge, Vt., Sept. 25, 1858. 

502—4. Miiry, b. Aug. m, '81 ; ni. Jesse Stanley, Jolinsbnrgli, N. Y. 

508 — 5. Benjamin, V). Mar. 21, '88; d. n. m. Tnnbridge, Yt., Apl. 20, 1850. 

5()4— 0. Betsey, b. July 28, '85; m. William W. Gallup, Tnnbridge, Vt. 

505 — 7. Silas, b. Ajil. 22, '89; last heard from, u. m. Hong Kong, China. 

Bezeliel Ballon' settled as a farmer in Tnnbridge, Yt., where it 
is understood all his clin. were born. No personal characteristics, 
etc., given of him or his wife. He d. in Tnnbridge Feb. 15, 1810. 
His wid. d. there Apl. 2, 1872. Both sustained a good moral and 
social standing, so far as we have any report. 

[145. J Sarah Ballou", AVilliam', Maturing John", Maturin' ; 1). 
l^erhaps in Tnnbridge, Vt., Sept. 23, 171)5; m. 2l(>ses Ltuit, b. 1777; 
cer. Apl. 25, 1827, prol). in Tunljridge. Issue. — 

500—1. Cordelia Lunt, b. Oct. 15, 1829; d. Nov. 2, 1829. 


507—2. Cyrus Luiit, 1). Nov. 12, lS:j(); d. n. m. Ciuup Griffin, Va., Nov. 

35, 1861, soldier. 
568—3. William B. Lunt, 1). Nov. 21, ':5:}; twice m.; d. Beth(>], Vt., 8(M>t. 

0, 18()(). No issue. 

Moses Lunt, farmer, d. in Tunl)ri(lije, Jan. 17, 1854. Death-date 
of his wid., Mrs. Sarah (Banon) Lunt, not ascertained. This 
family no further traced. 

114(5.] Maturin Ballou', William', Maturin', John', Maturin' ; 
b. in then Smithtield, R. I., Sept. 23, 179G ; was virtually adopted 
at the ag-e of, 8 yrs. by his ivicle Maturin'; m. Sarff/i Pliill'ipK 
llav'VniK of said Smithtield, dr. of Nathaniel and Rebecca Haw- 
kins, b. 1798 ; cer. Oct. 1(5, '1820. Issue, all b. in Smithtield.— 

56!)— 1. Amauda, b. Dee. 6, 182(i; m. Georg-e W. Hiues, Sniitlitield. R. I., 

May '6, 1856. 
570—2. Maturin S., b. Aug. K!, '80; awaiting report. 
571—:}. Sarah A., b. Sept. 7, '8:5; ni. Ira E. Smitli, Smitlifield, R. I., Oct. 

22, 1851. 
572—4. Jonathan, b. May 24, '85; ni. Sarah Eliza Freeman. 
573—5. Nelson J., 1). July 15, '37; m. Mary Jane Watson Mar. 11, 1868. 

Maturin Balhui' inherited tlu^ ancient homestead of his uncle 
Maturin', was a sul)stantial farmer, a worthy man, and a respected 
citizen. His wife and family had a like reputable standing in 
society. He d. May 28, 18(50. Mrs. Sarah survived m>ai'ly 17 
yrs., and d. Aug. 3, 1877, a. 79 yrs. and 27 ds. 

[148.] Sanfoud Ballou", William', Maturin', John', Maturin' ; 
presumed to have been b. in Tunltridge, Vt., May 2, 1803; m. 
Ariiey J)i('ker/ii(m, dr. of Elijah Dickerman, b. in Tuubridge, May 
6, 1811 ; cer. Mar. 25, 1834. Issue.— 

574—1. Elijah Walter, b. June 2, 1S36; m. Sarah Ann Dickerman Oct. 7, 


575—2. William Sanford, b. Aug. 30, '37; m. Charlotte F. Rolfe Jul.\- 4, 1S75. 

57(i-3. Persis, 1). Mar. 9, '39; d. Fel). 15, 1841. 

577-4. Persis E., b. Dec. 28, 40; m. Abijah W. Osgood Sept. 15, 18(il. 

578-5. John Dexter, b. Oct. 4, '42; m. Mary F. Wliite Jan. 14, 1871. 

579—6. Sally, 1). May 2, '47; d. at home Apl. 18, 1867. 

580—7. Infant, b. Feb. 24, '50; d. Feb. 27 ensuing. 

581-8. Mary M., b. Feb. 7, '52; m. George H. White Sept. 27, 1870. 

582—9. Hosea, b. Sept. 5, '54; remained u. m. 1884. 

Sanford Balhm' was a respectalde farmer of his native town. 
No personal characteristics furnished of him or his wife. Mr. 
Peck credits him, in his memoranda, for much assistance in ascer- 


taiiiiDii' tlic tViniily record of his parents and their chii. He d. 
Dec. 22, 1872. Mrs. Aniey, his widow, (L May 8, 1884. 

1 149.] Almanda Ballou ', WilHani', Maturin', John", Maturin' ; 
b. in Tunbrido-e, Vt., May IC, 1806 ; m. Sxintn'J nhhhdf Sept. 12, 
1858. She became, hj this ni,^e., step mother to a numerous 
family, but never had any chu. of her own. Mr. Riddale was b. 
Nov. 19, 180(), and d. in Tunbridge, Yt., July 10, 1862. Mrs. 
Almanda, his widow, d. there July 15, 1868. 

[Nos. 150 TO 152] no further traced. 

[153.] Maky Ballou', Rev. Maturing Peter", John"', Maturin' ; 
b. in now Lincoln, then Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 30, 1745 ; in. iJavtd 
BuUoik\ b. in Reholioth, Mass., at a date not found ; cer. in Rich- 
mond, N. H., Oct. 20, prob. 1770, by Rev. Maturin Ballou, the 
bride's father. Issue, 1). prob. in Warwick, Mass. — 

588—1. Thomas Bulk)ck 1). 1772; d. n. in. ; prol). killed in hattle of Sackett's 

584 — 3. Welcome Bullock, b. '74; m. a lady iu Cuyalioga Co., O. 
585— .3. Cromwell Bullock, b. '76; m. Sarali Mortem of Erviug's Grant, 


The above mge.-date and three birth-dates are approximate 
guess work. The record of marriage in Richmond stands, " Oct. 
20tli, 17 — ." As to the chn., tradition says there were at least two 
drs. but gives no names or dates. We find l)y Richmond records 
that David Bullock of Rehoboth, Mass., inirchased of Nathan 
Mason of Providence, R. I., Lot No. 8 in •Richmond, N. H., Sept. 
25, 1768. Also, that he sold the same lot to John Barney, Mar. 
22, 1771. It may therefore be reasonably conjectured, that Bul- 
lock formed his matrimonial acquaintance with Mary Ballou" after 
Sept. 25, 1769, and had been some months married when he sold 
out to Barney. It is understood that the married pair soon set- 
tled in Warwick, Mass.; where we suppose all their chn. Avere 
born. There they prob. lived and d. within the next ten years. 
Mrs. Mary" d. Jan. 22, 1778. Her husband's death-date has not 
come to our knowledge. 


[154.] Benjamin Ballou', Rev. Maturiu', Peter', John'"', Ma- 
turin'; b. in now Lincoln, then Smithfield, R. I., Nov. 8, 1747; m. 
Lytlia Ilorton, b. Ai)l. 24, 1752; date of cer. not given. Issue. — 

586—1. Asaliel, b. Jau. 18, 1771; m. Martha Starr, Guilford. Vt. 
587—2. Mary, b. Apl. 18, '7.S; m. Caleb Carpenter, Monroe, Mass. 


r),SS— ;j. Miirtiu, It. Apl. IS, 1TT7; in. 1st Anna Briunt, 2(1 Pvndcncc Phelps. 

;")80— 4. Lydia, 1). Sept. 24, '7S»; ni. Jacob Bviant, Monroe, Mass. 

51)0— f). Anicy, 1). Mar. 18, '82; m. Elislia Briant. 

oOl— (). Benjamin, 1). Dee. 37, '84; d. Dec. 9, 171)5. 

592—7. Bai-liara, b. Nov. 27, '8(i; m. Daniel Gore Jan. S, 1S05. 

598— S. Harah, 1). Mar. 5. '89; ni. John Parsons. 

594—9. Benjamin, h. Oct. 9, '92; d. Au.ii'. 19, 1795. 

Beujaniiu Ballon ' is reputed to have been a man of n.'iturally 
strono- luiud, of tair intellectiial acquirements, considerin<2f the 
meagre educational privileg-es of his time, an industrious farmer, 
and an eminently worthy man in all the relations of life. He was 
a devout Bai)tist in early manhood, and occasionally preached, 
though unordained. He was subsequently converted to Univer- 
salism, through the influence of his youngest bro., Bev. Hosea, 
and sometimes held forth as a preacher of that doctrine. But his 
main calling was that of a plain farmer. When his father, Rev. 
Maturin', removed from Scituate, R. I., in 1767, to Richmond, N. 
H., Benjamin remained l)eliind, and continued in Scituate for 
some years. At length he removed with his family, and settled. 
in Guilford, Vt., where most of his elm., were probalily born. 
Thence, in 1802, he and his son Martin removed to what l)ecame 
Monroe, Mass. In 1774, while residing in Scituate, R. I., Benja- 
min" did himself the honor of collecting and tabulating in manu- 
script a genealogy of the Ballous fi-om Maturin' down to that date. 
That production must have cost him much time and pains. Al- 
though unavoidably imperfect in a few respects, it is a very intel- 
ligible, interesting and valuable document. And our only regret 
is that among the Ballous, he had, in this department, no rival or 
imitator for more than tAvo centuries. He d. in Monroe, Mass., 
Feb. 1(), 1834, a. 86 yrs. 3 mos. and 8 ds. Mrs. Lydia, his wid., d. 
there Feb. 19, 1845, a. 92 yrs. 9 mos. and 25 ds. A long lived and 
venerable pair! 

[155.] Amey Ballou', Rev. Maturing Peter', John', Maturin'; 
b. ill now Lincoln, then Smithtield, R. I., June 6, 1750. She d. 
Oct. 12, 1756. 

[156.] Lydia Ballou", Rev. Maturing Peter', John', Maturin' ; 
b. in noAv Lincoln then Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 21, 1752; m. Sdvniei 
MoKe)< of Royalston, Mass., 1). during the year 1749, ptge. not 
given; cer. Richmond, N. H., Jan. 30, 1773, by Rev. Maturin 
Ballon. Issue. — 

595 — 1. Sarah Moses, b. perhaps 1774; d. young. 


59(5 — 2. Royal Moses, b. perhaps 1770; in. and had a family hi Owegjo, N. Y. 

597—8. Samuel Moses, b. May 7, '78; m. Eunice Sheldon l!^07. 

598—4. Anna Moses, h. Sept. '83; m. 1st Mr. Chamherlain, 2d N. Proctor. 

599—5. Lydia Moses, li. May '86; m. 1st Z. Kin.s'sley, 2d Jona. Eddy. 

fiOO — 6. Ambrose Moses, 1). not o'iven ; went to Ohio, m. and had a f amilj'. 

001 — 7. Levi Moses, b. " always an invalid, and d. u. m. 

603—8. Mary Moses, 1). " m. John Hall, Hved and d. in Vt. 

It is auioiio- our other g-enealoo-ical misfortunes to be imperfectly 
posted eonceruiug- this family. The parents and chn. i)resented 
in this In-ief record are understood to have sustained a very worthj' 
character in their various relations, though nothing remarkable is 
reported of their biographical experiences. Mrs. Lydia d. in 
Warwick, Mass., Jan. 25, 1834, a. 81 yrs. Her husband d. there 
May 9, 1834, a. 85 yrs. 

[157.] Eev. Matukin Ballou, Jir'., Eev. Maturing Peter', John"', 
Maturin'; b. in Pawtucket, R. I., July 8, 1755; never m. He was 
a pi(uis Baptist, and devoted himself to the ministry of that de- 
nomination. Prob. he did not attain to ordination, l)ut preached 
more or less in various localities of N. H. and Vt. He is believed 
to have died in Putney, Vt., Nov. 28, 1790, a. 35 yrs. 4 nios. and 20 
ds. He left a precious memory. His youngest bro.. Be v. Hosea 
Ballou, wrote of him thus : " He grew very liberal in his senti- 
ments toward the last of his labors, and was one of the most loving 
and devout Christians that I ever knew." 

[158.] Rev. David Ballou', Eev. Maturing Peter', John'"', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Pawtucket, R. I., Sept. 15, 1758; m. 1st Mern/ llar/ix, 
dr. of Anthony and Ruth (Broadway) Harris, b. in Richmond, 
N. H., Oct. 11, 17G2; cer. Jan. 7, 1781. Issue all b. m said Rich- 
mond. — 

603—1^ Taniar, b. Apl. 20, 1784; m. Jonathan Frost; sett. N. Y. 

604—2. Levi, b. Au<?. 29, '85; m. Sally Trevitt, Monroe, Mass. 

605—3. Silas, b. Jan. 27, '89; m. Polly Shumway; sett. Virgil, N. Y. 

Mrs. Mercy d. in Richmond Apl. 28, 1789. Rev. David' m. 2d 
lUhj Cvshing of Putney, Vt., b. Aug. 23, 1770; cer. Feb. G, 1791. 
Issue, b. in said Richmond. — 

(500—4. Leavitt, b. Sept. 20, 1792; ni. Abi.uail Blanchard; sett. No. Adams, 

607—5. David, Jr., b. Sept. 28, '96; m. Hannah Holbrook; sett. Monroe, 


Mrs. Polly d. in what became Monroe, Mass., May 11, 1797. He 
m. 3d C/doe Tyler, of Richmond, N. H., dr. of Moses Tyler, Esq., 


- 6. 


- 7. 


- 8. 


- 0. 




h. July 1, 1778; cer. Apl. 2, 1798. Issue, b. in liiclimoud, N. H., 
and Monroe, Mass. — 

Cliloe, 1). July 28, 17!)'J; d. u. about 2 .years. 

Mercy Harris, b. Nov. 27, 1800; m. Charles Walcott, Miniroc, 

Moses, Eev., b. Mar. 24, 1811; m. Almeua Daniaris Giddinus is:]7. 
John, b. Mar. 16, 'lo; in. Haunah Maria Hicks A:c. bSJ]-") Arc. 
Chloe Tyler, b. June 1, '15; m. Rev. Joseph Barber 1888. 

Rev. David Btillou' in early life Avas a devoted Baptist, a mem- 
ber of his father's church in Richmond, N. H. But having' had 
his attention called to Universalism, by the preaching of Rev. 
Caleb Rich and others, he carefully investigated the subject in the 
light of Scripture, and became a believer. At the age of thirty-one 
years he avowed his new faith, and commenced preaching it in 
Richmond and the surrounding region. At forty he removed to 
the rough, thinly settled locality in Franklin Co., Mass., afterward 
incorporated as the town of Monroe. There he passed the re- 
mainder of a long life as a laborious farmer and Universalist 
preacher. He had numerous calls for his services from people 
inlial)iting a Ijroad extent of territory around him, and would 
gladly have devoted himself mainly to the ministry. But he was 
averse to receiving even the small pecuniary compensation ten- 
dered him, and having a large family to care for, nnuh^ farming 
his chief de})endeiice for support. "Nevertheless," says Rev. 
Thos. Whittemore in a sketch of his life, "there was no long- 
period, for thirty years or more, in which every Sabbath as it 
came, did not find him before a congregation, gathered in some 
school-house, barn or private dwelling, and now and then in some 
house dedicated to the praise of God, exposing the doctrines and 
commaii(hiients of men, vindicating the character of God, and 
avowing the brotherhood and equal destiny of man." "Besides 
preaching much in Monroe, and nearly all the adjacent towns, 
there is scarcely a town in that part of Massachusetts, nor in the 
southern part of Vermont, which did not occasionally hear his 

" He was a man of rare intellectual powers ; sag-acious, cool, quick 
to see the fallacy of an argument, able to state his propositions 
clearly, and a close reasoner. But as a speaker he was not elo- 
quent. He was pure and eloquent in thought, but not in word. 
It is said his maimer was too closely intellectual to be popular 
with the multitude. He made as many converts, perhaps, consid- 
ering the number of persons he addressed as any other man." 


" As lie clreAV near the time of his transit to a better world, his 
mental powers being nearly dormant, a brother preacher attempted 
to rouse him to conversation. Nothing seemed to make an im- 
pression on his mind, until the name of his son (Rev. Moses Bal- 
lon, an eminent Universalist minister) was mentioned. His coun- 
tenance then lit up with a smile, and he asked, 'Do you expect 
to see him before long-?' On being- told that he did, the dying 
father said, "Tell him to continue to preach the truth.' 'This 
world,' said he, ' is not sufficient for us. The mind finds no satis- 
fying food here. The soul looks onward and upward for a home, 
and a good which it seeks in vain in the present life. This world 
is indeed a good one, viewed as the birth-place and temporary 
abode of man ; but having enjoyed the good which God has given 
the sons of men on earth, I am waiting, almost with impatience, 
for the time to come when I shall exchange this old worn-out 
frame for the house of God, which I trust I have, eternal in the 
heavens." "In his moral character he was, I had almost said, 
blameless." AVhittemore's Life of Eev. Hosea Ballon, including 
otlier Biographical sketches, pp. 28-31. 

All accounts concur in giving Rev. David Ballon a most excel- 
lent Christian character in all the relationships and offices of life. 
And so far as we can learn his three wives were worthy of his 
companionship. He d. in Monroe, Mass., Dec. 20, 1840, in his 
83d year. Mrs. Chloe, his widow, d. in 1816. 

[159.] Nathan B.\llou', Rev. Maturiu', Peter', John^ Maturin' ; 
b. in Scituate, R. I., Sept. 9, 17(j0 ; m. Jfur;/ llolhrook of Rich- 
mond, N. H., dr. of Peter Holbrook, b. Mar. 18, 17(58; cer. 
Nov. 19, 1786. Issue, 8 b. in said Richmond and 5 in Monroe, 
Mass. — 

013— 1. Miit\u-iu, L. Mar. 1!>, 1788; m. 1st Polly Kiug-sley, 3cl Margaret 


614 — 2. Lydia, 1). Jan. 29, '90; d. n. in., age not indicated. 

015— 3. Polly, 1). Apl. 11, '92; ni. Isaac Stafford, Monroe, Mass. 

010 — 4. Uraua, 1). Mar. 11, '95; d. n. ni., age not indicated. 

617— 5. Olive, 1). Mar. 26, '97; ni. Tedntlian Kobert-s, Monroe, Mass. 

018 — 0. Anna, I). Apl. 11, '99; m. Alartin Briant, Monroe, Mass. 

019 — 7. Hosea, b. Ang. 18, 1800; ni. Lydia Hines, Monroe, Mass. 

020— 8. Fanny, June 5, '02; m. Charles Dunbar, Monroe, Mass. 

021 — 9. Lavinia, b. Apl. 0, '04; m. Mason M. Burt, Monroe, Mass. 
022—10. Relief, b. Feb. 4, '06; m. Allen Harris, Stamford, Vt. 
023—11. Natlian, b. Apl. 14, '08; ni. Aurilla Bishop, Eeadsboro', Yt. 
624—12. Nancy, b. June 4, '11; m. Elsom Bishop, Eeadsboro', Vt. 
620—13. Elvira, b. July 1, '14; d. u. m. Nov. 9. 1833. 



N.itliaii Ballon ' was an industrious and siiecessful farmer, and a. 
large hearted, upright, exemplary (Unistian man, deservedly re- 
spected and beloved l)y all who knew him. His wife was no less 
worthy, and trod the pilgrimage of life with him in sympathetic 
fidelity. In the maternity and training of their thirteen "chn. she 
must have earned a rich tribute of grateful veneration. The hus- 
band was at first a Baptist, but ultimately became a Universalist. 
For several years after marriage, he and his wife had charge of 
his Rev. father's homestead in Bichmond, ministered teiuhnly to 
his wants in old age, and filially buried his remains by the side 
of his wives in the burial place of that vicinage. It is said that 
they rendered the old farm quite productive, and won for the 
romantic vale in which it was situated the name, " Ballou's Dale." 
It is prob. that, by some arrangement with his father, Nathan" 
owned that estate. Some time after his father's decease, in 1804, 
he sold out in Bichmond, and settled in what became Monroe, 
Mass., where two or three of his bros. had planted themselves. 
There Mrs. Mary d. Apl. 8, 1823, and he followed her Aug. 4, 
1838, a. al)out 78 yrs. • 

[IGO.] 8ahah Ballou", Rev. Maturin', Peter", John", Maturin' ; 
b. in Scituate, B. I., May 4, 17(53 ; m. Mones Wheaton, prob. a de- 
scendant of the Behoboth, Mass., Wheatons ; cer. in Bichmond, 
N. H., Oct. 14, 1781, by the b)ide's Bev. father, Maturin Ballon. 
Issue — all on record in Bichmond, N. H. — 

636— 1. Job Wlu'iiton, h. Miir. 2S, 17<SH; m. Jeuks of Puwtuekct, R. I. 

627— 2. Cluirlcs Wheutou, b. Fel). 18, '85; m. 1st Priscilla Jillson, 2a Con- 

tent Hendrick. 

628 — 8. Miituriii Wlieatoii, b. Nov. 7, '87; d. n. m., death-date not i^'ivcn. 

629— 4. Sarah Wheaton, b. Jnly 27, '88; d. n. m., 

6;J0— 5. Moses B. Wheaton, b. Sept. d, '1)0; ni. Mary Aldrich Nov. 26, 1812. 

681 — 6. Silas Wheaton, b. Jnne 15, '92; d. n. m., death-date not given. 

682— 7. Asa Wheaton, b. July 8, 'i)4; d. n. ni. Cuml)erlaud, R. I., June 

28, 1828. 

688 — 8. Ira Wheaton, b. Oct. 1, '1)6; lu. Barbara Ballon, his cousin. 

684 — 1).. Lyilia Pratt Wheaton, b. May 11, '!)!); ni. Lemuel Capron, Cum- 
berland, R. I., 1888. 

685—10. Betsey Dixon Wheaton, b. Mar. 17, 1801; m. Jonathan Slater. 

686 — 11. Lenih-a Faxon Wheaton, b. July 20, '08; m. Nathaniel Denney. 

687—12. Jesse Wheaton, b. Nov. 18, '06. 

688—18. James Wheaton, b. Jan. 18, '08. 

Unfortunately we have been unable to obtain but a meagre bio- 
graphical sketch of Moses and Sarah Ballon Wheaton. So far 



as we ever knew or liearJ, they were worthy people of the com- 
mon, Avorking', pkiin Hviug- ckiss. He d. in RichmoiKl, N. H., Jan. 
8, 1815. AVe kneAv her in eklerly widowhood as a sensible, capa- 
ble, kind hearted, exemplary woman ; making' it her home with 
her dutiful sou, Charles Wheaton, in Cumberland, E. I., but de- 
voting much of her time in the sick chamber to nursing'. She 
was always calm and self-possessed, in the worst cases even of 
malignant disease where others feared to risk themselves, and 
was therefore in great demand. She was accounted eminently 
pure and upright in moral character. She died with her son 
Charles, and her remains rej^ose in the humble graveyard adja- 
cent to his once dwelling house near those of her sons, Rev. Asa, 
Jesse and Charles. Her memorial stone says she d. Oct. 15, 1824, 
a. (31 yrs. 

[101.] Phebe Ballou', Rev. Maturin', Peter", John", Maturin' ; 
]». in Scituate, R. I., May 24, 1765; d. in early womanhood, deeply 
deplored. Her earthly life went out under a cloud of very sad 

[162.] Stephen Ballou', Rev. Maturin', Peter', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 6, 1768 ; m. Jixt/i Slater of 
Guilford, Yt., b. in 1778; cer. prob. about 1798. Issue, b. in 
AVardsborough, Vt., and other places. — 

G89— 1. Kel)ecca, b. Oct. 8, 1794; m. 1st Daniel Hix, 2d Oliver Stone. 

040— 2. Kutli, b. Dec. 24, '95; d. yoiuig, Ai)l. 1804. 

641—8. Sally, b. Dec. 7, '97; d. " , 1811. 

643 — 4. Barbara, b. Apl. 16, '99; m. lier cousin Ira Wlieaton. 

648—5. Polly, b. Jan. 19, 1801; d. an infant Ai)l. 1804. 

644—6. Stephen, b. Aug. 18, '02; ni. Harriet Griffin Wiglitnian. 

645—7. Trypliosa, b. Apl. 28, '04; m. 1st Joel Chittenden, 2d Oliver Stone. 

646 — 8. Lucinda, b. Feb. 25, '15; m. James IngersoU; sett. Owego, N. Y. 

Besides these, there were 5 infants 1)., and buried without 
names— in all 18. 

Stephen Ballou" is reputed to have been eminently conscieu- 
tioiTS and upright, remarkable for wit and good humor — frugally 
industrious as a wheehvright and farmer — never rich, but by the 
economy of himself and worthy c<jmpanion, securing a plain com- 
petency of life's necessaries, and leaA'ing a venerated name to his 
posterity. He and his wife passed through many vicissitudes of 
anxious enterprise, toil and affliction, but doubtless interlarded 
with a reasonable share of domestic enjoyment. They dwelt 
some years in Wardsborough, Vt., afterward in Rowe, Mass., 






and finally m Preston, Clienani^o Co., N. Y. There, on his i-oux- 
fortable homestead, he d. May 17, 1838, in hope of a happy im- 
nicntality, a. 64 yrs. 8 mos. and 11 ds. Mrs. Enth survived him 
18 yrs., m. a Mr. Cam]) of Campville, was asaiu left a widow for 
a dozen yrs., and ultimately d. among- her step chn., in Oweo-o, 
N. Y., June 27, 1851, a. about 78 yrs. She bore her long- illness 
of 5 yrs. with remarkalile patience and sweetness of soul. 

[1G3.] Key. Hosea Ball,ou', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John', Ma- 
turin'; b. in Eichmond, N. H., Apl. 30, 1771; m. Ri'f/, ]V<i.^hl»nH, 
young-est dr. of Stephen and Sarah AVashburn, b. in Williams- 
burg-^ Mass., Sept. 17, 1778 ; cer. Sept. 15, 1790. Issue.— 

647—1. Fanny, b. Oct. 18, 1T97; m. Leonard Holmes Oct. 7, 1827. 

()48— 2. Hosea Faxon, Eev., b. Apl. 4, '99; m. Mary Ballon Jan. 1, 1817. 

049—3. Masseua Bertliier, Rev., b. Nov. 28, 1800; m. Mary Sheffield Ja- 
cobs Dec. 21, 1825. 

050-4. Cassandana, 1). Jan. 9, '03; m. Joseph Wing Apl. 25, 1822. 

(;51_5. Mandana, 1). Sept. 17, '04; m. Rev. Benjamin Whittemore Jnne 4, 

(552—6. Elmina Ruth, b. Apl. 3, '10; m. Rev. Josiah 0. Waldo Oct. 2(i, 1831. 

653—7. Clementina, b. July 10, '12; m. Isaac H. Wright Jnne 4, 1837. 

654—8. Fidncia, b. May 1, '14; m. Ab.iah W. Farvar Apl. 22, 1838. 

655—9. Maturin Mnrray, b. Apl. 14, '20; m. Mary A. A. Roberts Sept. 15, 

Besides the foregoing-, the parents had 3 sons and 1 dr. who d. 
in infancy unnamed — in all 13 elm. The birthplaces of the 9 that 
lived to maturity will be given in their respective family records, 
hereafter to be inserted. 

Eev. Hosea Ballon' may be justly regarded as the most dis- 
tinguished Ballon in America, especially in the theological and 
clt^rical dei)artment of human concerns. Two interesting- Biog- 
raphies have been written and published to commemorate his 
celebrity. From these volumes such extracts will be presented 
as are compatible wdtli the limits of this work, and adapted to 
give a proper insight of his prominent characteristics. The oldest 
of these Biog-raphies was by Eev. Thomas Whittemore, published 
by him in 1854, and entitled, " Life of Eev. Hosea Ballon ; with 
Accounts of his AVritiugs, &c. ; by Thomas Whittemore." " Bos- 
ton, James M. Usher." The other was by Maturin M. Ballon, 
youngest son of Eev. Hosea', published by Abel Tompkins, Bos- 
ton, in 1859, and entitled — " Biography of Eev. Hosea Ballon ; 
by his youngest son," &c. Most of the following (piotations are 
from this latter volume. Those who wish to acquaint themselves 


tlioi'ouglily witli tlie life-liistoiy of tlie venerable departed, will, 
of course, consult tlie two Biograpliies referred to. 

His childhood and early youth. " Concerning this matter, 
Mr. Ballon says, in the brief memoir or outline of his life with 
which he has furnished us, ' My mother died when I was about 
two years old, and, of course, I do not remember her ; but from 
all I can learn of my mother, I am satisfied that she was of a 
most tender and kind disposition. But the treasure was gone 
before I could realize its value.' The care and guidance of the 
family then fell upon the father, whose means for providing for 
his children's necessities w^ere of the most simple and limited 
character." p. 22. " It was his conscientious belief that he ought 
not to receive any remuneration wdiatever, either pecuniary or 
otherwise, for his professional services ; and, as he devoted him- 
self with the utmost zeal and the most untiring assiduity to his 
calling, and was possessed of little or no personal estate, his 
family were all obliged to labor very hard to obtain a simple sub- 
sistence. But ' even in this was Heaven ordinant.' Thus from 
his earliest childhood, Mr. Ballon was accustomed to toil and 
labor, and this, too, under the hardships of a scanty supply of 
food and clothing. So destitute even of the most ordinary articles 
of raiment, or the means of procuring it, was his father's family, 
in the times of his l)oyhood, that many a long week has he passed 
without an undergarment of any kind upon his person, and with- 
out shoes or stocking's for his feet, even during the inclemencies 
of winter, when his employment would frequently call him abroad 
for a large portion of the day!" pp. 24, 25. "Notwithstanding 
this stern experience of his tender years, and in sx)ite of every 
hardship, ;ind the severe labor he was obliged to perform under 
such unpropitious circumstances, still he grew up strong-, healthy 
and vigorous, both in body and mind, possessing a form and face 
of manly ])eauty, with expression and intelligence reflected in 
every feature. In stature he grew up to be six feet high, his 
figure very erect, with finely formed limbs, and a bright, clear 
blue eye." p. 27. 

His early religious education. Mr. Ballon himself says. — 
" We were all taught, and in our youth all believed, that we were 
born into the world wholly depraved, and under the curse of 
a kiAv which doomed every son and daughter of Adam to eternal 
woe. But at the same time God had made provision for a select 
number of the human family, whereby they would l)e saved by 
the operations of the divine spirit, -w hich would result in what 


\v;is called couversioii, sometime duriii,^' tlie life of those elected. 
Those who were not elected would remain without any etiectual 
callino-, die, and be forever miserable. When I was a youth it 
was the sentiment of all Christian people, as far as I knew, that 
not more than one in a thousand of the human family would be 
saved from endless condemnation. Youth were taught to l)e 
moral, but that morality was no security against divine wrath. 
The conversion of the soul from the state of nature in which all 
men were born into the world was the only security." p. 23. 

His intellectual education. "He was literall}^ a self-made 
man. Enjoying- none of the educational advantag-es resulting- from 
, wealth, or even from a simple competency, yet he steadily rose 
above every impending olistacle in his path to the truly enviable 
position which he [ultimately] attained." " Before the age of six 
teen, by the utmost jierseverance, ingenuity, and industry, he had 
learned to read and write with facility, almost entirely l)y his own 
unaided exertions, or with little assistance of any kind; for had 
there been a school in the neighborhood of Kichmond, which was 
not the case, he could have found no time to attend it, being ever 
laboriously engaged from morning till night. He learned to form 
the letters of the alphabet in the follow^ing ing-enious and original 
manner, which he related to us, when a mere child, we were 
making the first advances in the use of the pen. After not a little 
thought and sol)er calculation as to how he should accomplish his 
purpose, — for pen, ink and paper were luxuries. his father's means 
could not command, — for i>aper he sulistituted thin pieces of birch 
bark, neatly prepared for the purpose liy his own hands, and for 
pen and ink he used coals taken from the fire. With these rude 
materials, after the labors of the day were over, seated on the floor, 
by the light of the fire, — for candles were too expensive to be 
afibrded in the frugal houselnild of his father, — he taught himself 
to write. A student, actuated by such resolution and determina- 
tion of purpose, must soon become a proficient, in defiance of 
every minor obstacle ; and thus he speedily improved with these 
humble means. Some further idea of the limited means of his 
father's family, and the extraordinary disadvantages under which 
his early progi-ess was made, may be gathered from the fact, that 
the only books the house contained, or in fact that the family 
had access to at all, were a Bible, an old dictionary, and a well- 
thuml)ed pamphlet of the scrii)tural story of the tower of Babel." 
pp. 28, 29, 30. 

He was not yet twenty-one years of age when he entered on his 


scholastic education, properly so called. " He attended for a 
period a scluxil kept in the Quaker meetino--liouse in his native 
town. Mr. Ballon says of this first attendance at school. — "It 
was a private school, the first one CA^er opened in the town, and 
was su|>ported by a few young- people with whom I united ; and 
here I obtained the first instruction in Enolish o-rammar. I now 
set myself to work in earnest to obtain learnin,"'. I studied night 
and day, slept little -and ate little." At the close of this school, 
being- actuated by an earnest desire to obtain knowledge, and 
realizing more than ever the immense advantage it bestowed, he 
determined, for a period, to devote his entire earnings to this 
end; and in pursuance of this purpose, he immediately entered 
the Chesterfield (N. H.) Academy, where, by industry and inces- 
sant application, allowing himself but a brief period of time out of 
the twenty-four hoars each day for sleep, in a very short space of 
time he acquired a good knowledge of the ordinary branches of 
an English education of those days. The tuition received by Mr. 
Ballon at this Academy was the first worthy of mention that he 
had ever enjoyed. ^-' * Fortuately, the instructors emj)loyed, 
were men of sound ability, and consequently fi^om his studies here 
he realized most important and lasting benefit." " It was his good 
fortune to make the acquaintance of the teachers on good terms. 
They seemed prepossessed in his favor, and were exceedingly kind, 
and even assiduous, in rendering him every needed assistance in 
his studies." "Oy leaving the academy, he obtained a certificate 
testifying to his sound moral character and ability ; which docu- 
ment proved of considerable benefit to him afterward in obtain- 
ing various situations as a teacher. Schools for the young were 
then kept but a short period at a time in New England, and thus 
the teacher had often occasion to change the field of his opera- 
tions." pp. 48, 49, 50. 

His athletic; tkaining. "It was customary for the young- men 
of all classes in those days to pursue athletic exercises, such as 
pitching- the bar, leaping, wrestling-, and the like, these being- 
regarded as the surest tests of bodily strength. Possessing a 
powerful and active fi-ame, he was ever the victor in those sports ; 
and fi'om his marked success among- his comrades in this respect, 
and his fair and impartial disposition, he was universally the um- 
pire in all disputes growing out of these and like contests for 
superiority that arose between one and another. In the matter of 
his ])hysical strength, i^articularly when young, he ever cher- 
ished a laudal)le degree of pride, and delighted in accomplishing 


a large aiiioiint of work within tlie Lours devoted to labor." p. 81. 


age of nineteen, there being what was termed a reformation in 
the town of Kichniond, Mr. Ballon was indnced, believing- it to be 
his duty, to become a i)rofessor of religion, and accordingly at 
that time he joined the Baptist church, of which his father was 
pastor, in the month of January, 1789." "This joining of the 
church was plainly of immediate advantage to him, as it led him 
to think still more seriously and earnestly upon the subject of 
religion." H(i says, — "I was much troubled in my mind because 
I thought I had not stood in such fear of the divine wrath as I 
ought to do, or as others had before they found acceptance with 
God. I well remember, that as I was returning home from a con- 
ference meeting, one evening, when about a quarter of a mile from 
home, being- alone, I stopped under a large tree, and, falling on 
my knees, prayed as well as I could for the favor I sought." "His 
connection with his father's church, though it continued l)ut a 
short period comparatively, seems to have made no slight impres- 
sion upon his mind and feelings; for he says: — 'I have always 
felt towards this people (the Baptist denomination) as t)ne feels 
towards his family, and though the religion of Christ consists in 
love to all men, I have a peculiar feeling for the Baptists.' pp. 
38, 39. 

How HE BECAME A Universalist. " In liis researches and read- 
ing the creed that he had now pul)licly professed, he found it 
impossible to bring his heart to conform to the doctrine of eternal 
reprobation ; and this in itself, as he afterward remarked, was an 
evidence of no inconsiderable importance, to his mind, that it 
coidd not be true ; for why should his heavenly Father have im- 
planted in his heart an earnest desire for the salvation of all man- 
kind, uidess that desire was susceptible of gratitication, as is every 
appetite, natural or i)hysical, with which we are endowed by na- 
ture '? Such thoughts caused him much and incessant anxiety of 
mind, because the very fact of his entertaining them, if the doc- 
trine he i)rofessed was true, endangered his eternal salvation ; 
while, on the other hand, if this creed was not that taught by 
God's revealed word, then he was needlessly suffering, to a degree 
that greatlj^ depressed him. 

No wonder thfit this double incentive lead him to search the 
Scriptures with the utmost care and attention, and to weigh and 
decide in his own mind the relation that one portion bears to the 
other, and hnally with the liel]) of Heaven, to make up his mind 


as to the true spirit and doctrine of the whole. The reader can 
easily imagine the fervent prayers he uttered, the sleepless nig'hts 
he i)assed, and the arduous study he performed, in his search for 
the lig-ht of truth. After all this anxious solicitude, this solitary 
mental struggle, this prayerful communication with Heaven, he 
at length declared himself a believer in the fiial salvation of 
the whole human family." pp. 39, 40. 

His fathek's church excommunicates him. "Great was the 
surprise, disai^pointment, and chagrin of his father and fiiends 
generally. Being- looked Vi\) to by the young men of his own age 
as a sort of leader in their secular plans and games, the influence 
of his example was greatly feared as operating upon the younger 
portion of the church ; and as his joining it had been the occasion 
of nuicli rejoicing at tlie time, so his declaration of unbelief in its 
faith was the cause of a proportionate degree of sorrow. His new 
declaration was at once pronounced to be downright heresy, and 
he was accordingly excommunicated." "In relation to this sub- 
ject Mr. Ballou says : — ' As I had formerly been in the habit, while 
with the Baptists, of speaking in their meetings, and of oliering 
up prayer at conference meetings, I now sometimes spoke my 
sentiments at meetings in my brother's house. The church of 
which I was still a member, thought it a duty to call me to 
answer for the course I had taken, and I was called upon to meet 
the accusation of beUeving in the salvation of all men. I attended 
but did not feel it my duty to deny the charge, or to renounce my 
belief. I was therefore excommunicated fiom the church, my 
letter of excomnninication carefully stating that no fault was found 
in me, my belief in the salvation of. all men excepted. I shall ever 
remember the tears which I shed on this solemn occasion." 

He commences to tiieach. " While Mr. Ballou was yet but 
twenty years of age, he made one or two unsuccessfid attempts to 
preach a regular discourse. That is, he delivered sermons once 
or twice, at the period referred to, before small assemblies of his 
personal friends and relations. But so far from satisfying him- 
self in relation to his ability for public speaking, he was quite dis- 
heartened by the result that attended these his first efforts. Yet, 
by the constant solicitations of those who were curious to hear 
him discourse upon the topic of his peculiar views, he continued 
to speak, despite of the advice of his innnediate friends and rela- 
tions, until he not only soon satisfied himself as to his abilities, 
but also received the cordial approval of a large number of those 
who would, at the outset, have discouraged him entirely." p. 52. 


" Mr. Ballon says. — ' Mr. Lo.^an the preceptor, gave me a cer- 
titieate wlieii I left the Chesterfield Academy, which was siifficieiit 
to enable me to g-et a school in Bellinsham, Mass. Here I tanijht 
school during- the other days of the week, and preached on the 
Sabliath. When I first engag-ed in preaching-, it was not with the 
most distant exi)ectation that I shonld snpport myself by the min- 
istry ; bnt I thong-ht I conld keep school some, and la1)or some 
with my hands, and live with bnt little income. From Bellingham 
I went to the town of Foster, R. I., [originally a part of Scitnate], 
Avhere my father formerly lived, and there tanglit a large school, 
and had good compensation, and there also on the Sabbath I 
preached in the school-honse where I tang-ht. From this place I 
went to Scitnate, E. I., where I preached and tanglit school. My 
meetings grew very large, and I was called on to go to ditlerent 
places, — to Smithfield, Providence, Pawtncket, &c. After I had 
spent abont two years in keeping school and preaching, I fonntl 
that I had used np all my earnings— had laid up nothing, except 
that I had more costly clothing than when I first began. And 
now, at the age of twenty -fonr, I was so nnicli called on to preach, 
that I gave np keeping school and devoted my time to the minis- 
ry, receiving now and then some conii)ensation for my services.' 
pp. 58, 59. 

Always rREACHED -extempoijaneoitsly. " It will be remembered 
that he did not sit down and compose a disconrse which he after- 
ward read to his andieuce ; this is comi^aratively an easy task. He 
spoke extemporaneously then, as he ever did afterward. In snb- 
seqnent years he was frequently called npon for maunscript co^nes 
of his disconrses for pnblication. Bnt the sermons were not writ- 
ten nntil after they had been delivered ; and it was not his practice 
to pnt on paper even the heads of his disconrse to take into the 
desk with him for reference in delivery. Trusting entirely to his 
powertnlly retentive memory, the arrangement of his sermons was 
as methodical and correct as though in the seclusion of his study." 
" Mr. Ballou's arguments were arranged with the utmost precision, 
his reasoning followed in the most logical way, and all the while 
he was talking- to the peoi)le in the most unconcerned and familiar 
manner, as though each respective nieml)er of his ccmgregation 
was sitting by his own fireside and the preacher had happened in. 
This is the mode of preaching which is efi'ectual, and all the flowers 
of rhetoric may seek in vain to attain a like influence over the 
hearts and symi)athies of an auditory." pp. 55, 57. 

The puogress and fatigues of his ministky, " His labors were 



l)y no means confined to Rhode Island, but he preached in the 
neighborhood of Richmond, and in various parts of Vermont and 
Massachusetts, improving every moment of leisure time in the 
most careful study of the Scriptures. He no long-er preached on 
the Sabbath only, but also on nearly every consecutive evening- of 
the week. It was easy to g-ather an audience, anxious and ready 
to listen to the new and most happy doctrine that the preacher 
taug-ht, and even at this early period of his ministerial career he 
began to address those spontaneous mass assemblies that in after 
years always gathered from all directions to listen to him where 
ever he appeared. Entirely forgetting himself, and with but one 
great object in view, that of preaching God's impartial grace, and 
of convincing all avIio would listen to him of the glorious truths of 
Universalism, he counted not the hours of mental labor which 
now increased upon him, but labored hard and willingly, with his 
hands to clothe himself, receiving but a mere trifle for his profes- 
sional labors. Pay, at this period he never demanded, and very 
rarely expected ; he was fully contented with the inward recom- 
pense which he realized. 

' At this period of my life,' says Mr. Ballou, ' my health was very 
indifferent. I had most of the time a severe pain in the pit of my 
stomach, and my appetite was far from being good, and so debili- 
tated was I in strength that I have even been obliged to sit while 
I preached. It beame necessary for me to procure a vehicle to 
journey in, being too weak to ride on horseback. However, by 
care and good advice, I gradually recruited. My travelling for 
that period was extensive, from Cape Ann east to the Connecticut 
River west, to Richmond north, and New London and Hartford 
south. All my Sal)baths were employed and many lectures were 
attended during the week. I preached in meeting-houses when 
they could be obtained, sometimes in school-houses, sometimes in 
barns, and often in private houses.' 


" The first place in which Mr. Ballou engaged permanently as a 
settled minister was in the town of Dana, Mass., in 1794-5. The 
society here, not feeling able to pay for an engagement which 
should occui>y him the whole time, engaged him for a portion, 
leaving him to supply the societies in Oxford and Charlton, Mass., 
also a portion of the time." p. 61. "In the thirtieth year of his 
age, he was induced to accept of the invitation of the towns of 
Woodstock, Hartland, Bethel and Barnard, Vt., making the latter 
place his home." p. 71. " After the expiration of a jieriod of six 


years fram the time of his first s(^ttlenieiit in Barnard, Yt., and 
dnrini^' wliieh season he enjoyed an nninterrnpted llow of kindness 
and oood fellowship with the societies of his charg-e, he accepted 
the invitation of the society of Portsmouth, N. H., to Ixx^ome their 
pastor, and to devote his whole time to the good of the cause in 
that place." p. SI). "At the expiration of six years from the time 
of his settlement, and during- which time his association with the 
people of his charge, and others in that place, had been not oidy of 
the most pleasant and agreeable character, but also highly profit- 
able as it regarded their mutual spiritual advancement, up to the 
period of the war with Great Britain, he made his arrang-ements 
to leave Portsmouth, having received an invitation from the Uni- 
versalist Society in Salem, Mass., to settle in that town, and to 
devote his professional services to their especial good." p. 94. 

" After a peaceful and happy residence in Salem of a little more 
than two years, Mr. Ballon received a cordial invitation from the 
Second Universalist Society of Boston to become their pastor. 
The invitation was accepted, and in the forty-fifth year of his age 
he removed to this city, and was installed Dec. 15, 1817, in the 
church which was built with the avowed purpose of obtaining his 
ministerial services ; and here he continued to preach to the peo- 
ple for over thirty-five years." p. 103. 

Thus and there this star of the Universalist skies rose with 
steady ascent to his zenith, mightily strengthening the religious 
denomination, and ultimately exercising over it almost prelatical 

The peculiakities of his Universalism. " I began to speak in 
public,' he says, ' believing and preaching universal salvation on 
the Calvinistic principles of atonement and imputed righteous- 
ness." "Let it be borne in mind at this period [while settled in 
Dana, Mass.,] he was preaching Univeralism on the principle of 
the final restoration of the whole human family, not having satis- 
fied himself yet that there would be no punishment in a future 
state of existence, or, indeed, ever thought upon the subject to 
any great extent." pp. 46, 65-G. Mr. Ballon says relative to the 
doctrine of the Trinity :— ' I had preached but a short time before 
my mind was entirely freed from all the perplexities of the doctrine 
of the Trinity, and the common notion of the atonement. But in 
making these advances, as I am disposed to call them, I had the 
assistance of no author or writer." p. 8G. "Mr. Balhm's religious 
belief, the faith which he promulgated with such zeal and wonder- 
ful effect, can be summed \\\) in a few words. He held that God 


judges the liiiman family in the earth ; that every man must re- 
ceive according- to the sin he hath done, and that there is no 
respect of persons. That the ' righteous shall be recompensed in 
the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner.' That the future 
state of existence will be one of unalloyed happiness for the whole 
human family. That God is a being who governs the world ^\dtll a 
parent's regard, and not with the wrath of a tyrant; that the world 
could be led to love him, but never driven to it through fear. 
That love, not wrath, should l)e preached to the people. That all 
punishment is designed by the Divine Spirit for the reformation 
of the sinner, and consequently must take place where the sin is 
committed. That the reward of good deeds is to encourage well 
doing, and must come when and where the worthy acts are done. 
He believed in no more dreadful hell than is produced by the 
consequences of sin about us, with the still, bitter gnawings of 
conscience ; and in no sweeter or more desirable reward than an 
approving conscience, and the natural consequences of doing good. 
He taught that man must be saved fi'om his s'ms, not fi'om the 
panhhment of them, — iliai is imi)ossil)le, — and that to be happy 
we must 'do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.' 

He believed that, in order to prove that misery will exist in the 
future or etern.d state, it must iirst be made to appear that sin will 
exist in that state. But this he did not believe could be proved 
from any scriptural testimony ; on the contrary he was fully con- 
vinced that tlie Bible taught that " He that is dead is freed fi'om 
sin." "And we have often heard him make the remark, in regard 
to limited future punishment, that if any one would produce but 
only one passage of scripture which proves, beyond a reasonable 
doubt, that sin or the sinner will exist, as such, in the eternal, im- 
mortal state, then I give up my doctrine of no future punishment ; 
but until this is done, I shall hold to the doctrine that the Scrip- 
tures do not teach the principle even of a limited future punish- 
ment. Mr. Ballon would not allow analogy to take the place of 
scriptural proof on so important a sul^ject as the destiny of man 
in the immortal state." pp. 273-275. 

His domestic delations and chaeacteiustics. "At the age of 
twenty-five, and while resident in the town of Dana, he became 
acquainted with the family of Stephen Washburn, in the town of 
Williamsburg, Mass., and, after an intimate acquaintance of about 
a year, he married their youngest daughter, Buth Washburn, who 
was some eight years younger than himself. His wife, like her 
husband, had been brought up to habits of industry and economy. 


She proved a kiiul, constant, and devoted lieli)mate tlu'ougli his 
entire hfe, sharing- with him every joy and every Inirthen, and, by 
the inflnence of a naturally strong- and well-balanced mind, a 
cheerful and gentle disposition, exercising- a most g-oodly influ- 
ence upon his life and labors. She became the careful and pru- 
dent mother of a large family, nine of whom lived to rear families 
themselves during the life of their parents. Through their whole 
lives there was a remarkable oneness of feeling, and a depth of 
affection evinced by each for the other, that years served only to 
increase, and old ag-e to cement the more closely." p. 67. " The 
following- lines Avere written by Mr. Ballon, then at the ag-e of 
seventy-four years, in an album which he had presented to his 
wife, and are introduced here to show the affectionate regard that 
existed between them at this advanced period of life. — 


' Thoii dearest of the dear to me, 

Of the beloved the l)est, 
ConhVst thou but read this heart and see 

The treasures of my breast, 
Assurance surely would be thine 

That undiminished love, 
By -A^e ^rown better, like to wine, 

Can never faithless prove. 
Not when the virgin rose of youth 

Blushed on thy snowy breast ; 
Not when we pledged ourselves in truth, 

And were by Hymen l^lessed, 
Could strong affection boast as now 

Of such resistless sway, 
When age sits wrinkled on my l)row 

And mortal powers decay.' pp. 198, 199. 

"All who knew Mr. Ballon intimately can bear witness that his 
home was a happy one. He was the master mind there ; his 
word was law, his simplest wish strictly complied with. He was 
looked up to with a degree of respect and veneration by his chil- 
dren, that was an abiding evidence of his true character. In the 
government of his family he led, but never drom, his children, 
endeavoring, to the utmost of his ability, to bring- them up in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lord, and, taking his divine Master 
for his example, he governed them by love and kindness alone. 
He was strongly characterized for his fondness of domestic enjoy- 
ment, and throughout his whole life, to the very end, evinced the 
most constant and tender solicitude for each and all of his chil- 


(Iren. Even after tliey had married and settled in life, with fam- 
ilies about them, this solicitude continued as ardent as ever ; nor 
was there one of those cliildren who would undertake any matter 
of importance without first consulting- his wishes in the premises, 
and seekino- his advice upon the subject, so highly were both 
respected and esteemed." pp. 173, 174. 

commencement of 1852 until within a week of his death, we find 
him constantly active, with the weig-ht of fourscore years and 
more ; yet he never for a moment faltered in his mission. Dur- 
ing the last year of his life he preached in seven different States, 
and about forty different places. His pen was still as busy as 
ever. One Sunday found him in Maine, the next in New Hamp- 
shire, the third in Vermont ; now he is in New York, New Jersey, 
or Rhode Island, preaching the word with unabated zeal and sur- 
prising" effects in all directions." p. 3G2. Dr. Miner is quoted as 
saying" : — ' He had often exhorted his companion to hold herself 
in readiness for his departure, forewarning her that every separa- 
tion from her might be the last. But a few days previous to his 
death, he had renewedly impressed this upon her mind.' He 
seasonably set his temporal afiairs in order for the event, and 
provided by a judicious Will for the proper disposal of his pe- 
cuniary accumulations. Among- his testamentary papers he left 
the following- valedictory : — " In view of that solemn event which 
must unavoidably take place, which will end my mortal days 
and close my labors on earth, I make this serious and important 
declaration : I humbly and earnestly pray that the Father of the 
spirits of all flesh may, in that mercy which he has revealed in 
our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive all that in my whole life has been 
amiss in me. This prayer is offered in that f<uth for which I 
adore him who hath given it to me. I heartily reg-ret that I have 
not been a better husband, a better father, and especially a better 
and more useful minister of the g-ospel of divine g"race. For ni}^ 
faults in these particulars I ask the forgiveness of the kind and 
faithful wife of my bosom, of my dearly beloved and dutiful chil- 
dren, and of the discerner of my heart and thoughts, to wln^m I 
offer devout and unfeigned gratitude, that, by his favor, I have 
been enabled to do as well as I have in the relation of a husband, 
and father, and minister of the gospel of Christ. I sincerely re- 
turn thanks to all my brethren in the common faith for all their 
kindness to me. I sincerely thank the great fraternity of Chris- 
tians, united with me in the precious faith in which we believe, 


and especially the church and society with whom, for nio]-e than 
thirty years, I have lived in love, and with whom I have labored 
in word and doctrine, for all their numerous favors. 

HosEA Ballou." p. 3G8-9. 

His I'liiNCirAL tublished wokks. "Notes on the Paral)les of 
the New Testament. One Vol. 12 mo., 297 pages. First pub- 
lished in 1804. A Treatise on the x4.tonement. One Vol. 12 mo., 
328 pag-es. First published in 1805. Series of Twenty-six Lec- 
ture Sermons ; delivered in the School Street church, Boston. 
One Vol. 12 mo., 375 pag-es. First published in 1818. Twenty- 
live Select Sermons j delivered on various occasions, from impor- 
tant passag-es of Scripture. One Vol. 12 mo., 360 pages. First 
pul)lished in 1828. An Examination of the Doctrine of Future 
Eetribution. One Vol. 12 mo., 203 pages. Published in 1834. 
Besides these volumes he wrote a multitude of articles on his 
favorite themes, which were published either editorially, or as 
connnunications in various Universalist periodicals. Also many 
hymns, poetic eti'usions, and more fugitiA'e compositions, not need- 
ing specitication in this work. Thus he crowded over sixty years 
of public service with the manifold productions of his ever busy 
brain, tongue and pen. He departed this life in Boston June 7, 
1852, a. 81 yrs. 1 mo. and 7 ds. 

The eulogy of his surviving fkiends. Rev. Thomas Whitte- 
more said : — " There have been but few such men as Father Bal- 
lou. We can truly say that they who knew him best loved him 
most. Those who had heard him preach the oftenest, and who 
had read most thoroughly Avliat he had written, felt more than 
others the power of his mind, and were more deeply convinced 
than others that he was intellectually, as well as religiously and 
morally, a great man. His life was protracted beyond fourscore 
years ; he enjoyed a very large share of health and strength 
through that whole time. He was never idle ; he worked up to 
the last week of his life, in the harvest field, and actually died 
with the sickle in his hand. He was taken sick in his own house ; 
and after six days of comparatively light suffering-, he gently fell 
asleei) in death, quietly as an infant falls into slumber, and at the 
moment when he seemed to be putting his body in the posture 
for the coffin." 

" For OTirself, we must say, most unreservedly, we never knew a 
better man. We say this, after having lived in his family under 
his immediate tuition, and since that time spent more than thirty 
years side by side with him, in journeyiugs often, in mutual con- 


siiltation, and iu very frequent interviews. If we ever saw a 
person equally amiable, kind, upriglit, g'entle and true, it is the 
aged widow who survives him. If he was more than a father to 
us, she Avas more than a mother. She can never be honored too 
much for her goodness. To her must be attributed much of the 
ease and quietness he enjoyed in life, and without which he could 
not have accomplished the full measure of the good for which 
he is now beloved and venerated. So much for the moral quali- 
ties of this venerable man and woman. There yet remains to be 
described (but it cannot be done here) the childlike simplicity of 
the man ; his benevolence ; his blindness to the faults of others ; 
his oi)en eye to their virtues ; his strong sense of rectitude ; his 
remarkable and long-continued habits of justice ; his wonderful 
mind, so clear, so strong, to the last ; his eagle-eyed sagacity ; his 
strong faith in God and his word, — a faith like a mountain for its 
towering height and firmness ; his devotion to the truth ; his love 
of the work of the ministr}" ; his truly religious character ; his 
susceptibility to deep devotional feeling ; his love of conventions 
and associations for the seasons of public worship they gave him 
so many opportunities to enjoy ; his love of conference meetings ; 
his iJower over the people ; his closing sermons at cimventions ; 
his prayers at the separation, when all, old and j^oung, male and 
female, clergy and laity, would be melted into tears ; — ah ! who 
shall attempt to describe all these things." i^p. 369-71. 

So testified all his intimate brethren in the ministry, his society 
in Boston, and all his admiring symi^athizers throughout the Uni- 
versalist denomination. We must refrain from further extracts, 
because the limitations of our space for1)id it. We are aware that 
these high encomiums cannot receive a fully concordant response 
from theological oi>ponents and outside critics. Such will gen- 
erally demur with more or less repulsion to such eulogistic testi- 
monies. But let them remember that they are wont to do the 
same thing in glorification of their favorites. It is the universal 
custom. Everj^ church canonizes its own saints ; every class of 
devotees to any profession, cause, movement, sect or party, pays 
such homage to its departed chiefs ; and every bereaved circle of 
relatives enshrines its loved ones in precious memories. xA.nd 
perhaps more good comes of all this than would come of fault- 
finding criticism, even with some staple of truth. We are not to 
be finally weighed in human scales, nor judged by creature falH- 
bility, bat by omniscient Justice temjjered with pure benevolence. 
Of this all parties may 'be sure. The wise endeavor to make rea- 


sonable nllowaiice in all cases of human praise and censure. In 
tills case it may be proper for the present writer to say (what will 
appear in his intended Autol)iography), that he had some personal 
knowledge of Rev. Hosea Ballou, both as a sympathizer and op- 
ponent, and though he Avas obliged to dissent widely from the 
distinguished teacher's doctrine of no-future limited retribution, 
his Scriptural exegesis on that subject, his metaphysics relating to 
the same, and to some of his conduct towards the Restorationists, 
he nevertheless heartily accords to him the honor of illustrating 
many very eminent excellencies of intellect, talent and moral char- 
acter in all the walks of life. 

Mrs. Ruth, his worthy and venerated widow, d. in Boston Mar. 
1, 1853, a. 74 yrs. 5 nios. and 14 ds. The honored remains of both 
husband and wife repose in a hallowed spot in Mt. Auburn Ceme- 

[Nos. 164 TO 168, Inclusive,] have already been given up as no 
further traceable by us. If interested parties can rescue the lack- 
ing data from oblivion, and will be at the pains, we shall rejoice 
with them. 

[16i).] Susanna Ballou", Peter', Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in 
Smithtield, R. I., prob. about 1757 ; m. Sargeant BUdadell about 
1776, and sett, in Enfield, N. H. Issue. — 

(556—1. Elsey Blaisdell, b. Jan. 12, 1778; m. Hiram Muuger; moved West. 
657 — 2. Sargeant Blaisdell, b. prob. about '80; uo t'nrtlier traced. 
658 — 3. Peter Blaisdell, b. prob. about '82; m. a Miss Sauborii. 

Susanna (Ballou) Blaisdell may have had one or two other chn. 
Our information is somewhat obscure on this and other points, as 
well as meagre. We cannot give their characteristics, or death- 
dates, or any satisfactory account of their descendants ; who will 
be no further traced. 

[170.] Oliver Ballou', Peter', Peter", John", Maturin'; b. in 

Smithfield, R. I., during 1759; m. ■ T'ljfaiiij; other particulars 

not ascertained relating to name of bride, birth-dates, mge., etc. 
Issue. — 

059—1. Oliver, b. March 6, 1789; m. 1st Elizabeth Heath, 2d Dorothy Kid- 

060—2. Nathaniel, b. not found; d. Enfield, N. H., a. 19 yrs. 

061—3. Sarah, b. " " m. David Sawyer; sett. Mt. Tabor, Vt. 

662—4. Achsah, b. " " m. Dudley Davis; sett. Grafton, N. H. 

663 — 5. Jane, b. not found; m. 1st a Mr. Blodget, 2d , and went 




There was also an iiuiiamed iiift. by tliiw mge. The dis. above 
named had chu. ; but we have found it too difficult to trace their 
posterity. The first wife having- d., the husband lu. 2d Manj 
Shnonds ; her parentage, birth-date and mge. -date not g-iven. 
Issue. — 

(564— 6. Hosea, b. iii Entield, N. H., prol). ; m. Cyntliia Sanboru 1823. 

()G5 — 7. Horace, b. not found; m. Mary B. Simans 1827. 

GGO— 8. Zarah, b. " " ni. Caroline Tenney 1884. 

0()7— i). Jolan W., b. Hanover Mar. 4, 1807; in. Tliirza Evans Mar. 24, 1833. 

668 — 10. Elijah ) b. not found; in. 1st Elizabeth Peaslee, 2d Nancy 

twins, TyrrelL 

669—11. Elisha ) 1). not found; m. Lucinda Watts 1848. 

670—12. William P., b. Oct. 20, 1816; m. Sophronia M. Sanborn. 

671—18. Eliza, b. not found; m. George Corliss 1832. 

672—14. Mary, b. " " m. Aaron Kidder. 

678—15. Cyntliia, " " m. John Peaslee 1833. 

674—16. Philinda, " " m. Mr. Quimby, who d. at sea. 

An infant d. unnamed. In all 18 chn. A family described, in 
letters to Mr. Peck, as eminently intelligent, orderly, exemplary 
and reputable in society. The x^arents and most of the children 
beldnged to the thrifty farmer class. Horace and William P., 
however, are or were enterprising merchants. Their father dwelt 
in Hanover, N. H., till after the death of his first wife, then in 
Enfield, and last in Alexandria, of the same State. He d. in Alex- 
andria, N. H., Jan. 19, 1818, a. 59 yrs. Mrs. Mary, his widow, 
survived him many years. She was living in Hill, N. H., as late 
as 18(jl, at the age of 87 yrs. She d. at a date not ascertained. 

[171.] Stephen Ballou', Peter", Peter',. John"', Maturin'; b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., about 1760; m. Rachel Sudt/i, and had 3 chn. 
We have had poor success in tracing this Stephen Ballou. We 
have ascertained nothing additional to Mr. Peck's findings. He 
learned only the name of his wife, and that he had 3 chn. as 
above ; that he dwelt awhile in Providence, K. I., afterward in 
Brimfield, and finally in Smithfield, where he d. of the palsy, — 
nothing more. So the family is lost to us. We cannot name, 
number, or trace his chn. 

[172.] Nathaniel Ballou", Peter', Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Jan. 27, 17G3. Another lost 
child. No trace of him. Prob. d. an infant, or in youth. 

[173.] Dii. Peter Ballou", Peter', Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 29, 1763 ; m. 1st Antey Bkhup, dr. of 


Gideon Bislio]), b. in a locality not given, Nov. 2, 1780; cer. date, 
tV'c., not ascertained. Issue. — 

CTn— 1. Welcome, b. Feo. 7, 17!)7; m. Abigail Dyer May, 1831. 

670—2. Mary, b. Jan. 2(), '99; m. Georee Jencks Nov. 10, 1S22. 

677 — 3. Epliraim, b. Nov. 9, ISOO; weut to sea; all trace of him lost. 

078—4. Anna, b. Dec. 24. '02; m. 1st Eesolvcnl Dyer, 2(1 Jeremiah Jencks 

Mar. 31, 1827. 

679—5. Amey, b. Feb. 13, '05; m. Smith Jencks, Smithfieia, Dec. 1832. 

080—0. Feter, b. May U, '07; m. Eliza Balhm Nov. 11, 1831. 

Mrs. Amey (Bisliop) BalloTi d. Jan. 11, 1815, a. 34 yrs. 2 nios. and 
9 ds. ; and Dr. Peter m. 2d UntJ, S/tcldon of Cumberland, K. I., dr. 
of Roger and Huldali Sheldon, b. F(-b. IG, 1789 ; cer. Mar. 23, 1817. 

Issue. — 

081—7. Newton, 1). May 29, 1820; m. Eliza C. Cluild of Wrentham, Mass. 

Dr. Peter Ballou' lived and died, we believe, in his native town. 
We have soug'ht in vain for a brief biographical sketch of him, 
giving' some desiralile particulars respecting his character, and 
especially his professional career. In the absence of such a sketch 
we can only say — we have always understood that he was a skilful 
physician, had an extensive practice, and held a reputable stand- 
ing-, social as well as professional. He d. Sept. 21, 182G. Mrs. 
Piuth (Sheldon) Ballou, his ^\idow, d. June IG, 1841. 

Since writing the foregoing, we have been informed that Dr. 
Peter was the original discoverer or inventor of the Dysentery 
Medicine, which afterward became so popular and lucrative in 
the hands of the late Dr. Seth Arnold. 

[174.] Daniel Ballou", Peter', Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in 
then Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., prob. about 17G6 ; m. a woman 
whose name has not been given us, nor any particulars of their 
mge. They had one son who d. in youth. Daniel' seems to have 
been of a roving disposition, and was so isolated from the families 
of his bros. and sister Elsie, that they seldom saw or heard from 
him. The most Mr. Peck could learn from any of them was, that 
uncle Daniel lived for some years here and there in Yt., lost his 
wife and son, and finally d. in Howe, Mass. 

[175.] Elsie Ballou", Peter*, Peter", John"', Matimn' ; b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 12, 1778; m. Sahhinn,s Pierce of Monson, 
Mass., b. Jan. 12, 1772 ; cer. Nov. 24, 1797. Issue.— 

082—1. Mary Pierce, b. July 12, 1798; m. Turpin Jencks, E. Longmeadow, 

















Sabra Pierce, b. Mar. 1800; lived sometime at Woonsocket, E. I. 
Otis Pierce, b. Nov. 14, '01; m. name not ojiven, d. Feb. 10, 1804. 
Sabliinns Pierce, Jr., b. Aui>-. 18, '04; m. Deborah Alvord Nov. 

11, 1838. 
Elisha Pierce, b. Apl. 7, '0(!; m. Hannah Sherman, 1833. 
Harvey Pierce, b. Sept. 12, '09; drowned Dec. 19, 1834. 
Elsie Pierce, b. Maj^ 16, '12; d. Oct. 20, 1830. 
Marantlia Pierce, b. Mar. 2, '15; m. William Pomroj', Agawam, 

690—9. George Pierce, b. July 24, '17; d. 1823. 

Presumed to be a worthy family tlirong'lioiit, tlioiigli no charac- 
teristics are given. Sabl)inns Pierce cl. July 23, 1843. Mrs. Elsie 
d. Apl. 23, 1864. 

[17G.J Enos Jillson", (Uriah, Nathaniel, James,) Sarah Bal- 
lon', James", James", Maturin' ; b. on territory soon after Cumber- 
land, R. I., June 25, 1735 ; m. l^hehe Jench; dr. of Daniel and 
Mary (Sprague) Jencks, b. Feb. 19, 1735 ; cer. Oct. 31, 1756. Issue 
all b. in Cumberland. — 

Cynthia Jillson, b. Aug. 6, 1758; d. Jiily 14, 1780. 

Amey Jillson, b. Aug. 22, '60; d. May 9, 1773. 

Mary Jillson, b. Mar. 8, '63; had 3 husbs., d. Attleboro' Dec. 26, 

Phebe Jillson, b. May 22, '65; m. Jesse Alexander Dec. 13, 1785. 
Lydia Jillson, b. Oct. 13, '67; never married. 
Enos Jillson, b. Mar. 7, '70; m. Mercy Jencks Oct. 6, 1793. 
Sarah Jillson, b. Apl. 17, '72; m. Isaac Hayden of Wrentham. 
Eut'us Jillson, b. June 7, '70; m. Nancy Lane Sept. 15, 1805. 

Enos' was a farmer in Cumberland, E. I. Jointly with his 
mother he administered in the settlement of his father's intestate 
estate, who had d. Sept. 16, 1781. He was a member of the Bap- 
tist ch., baptized Sept. 2, 1764. He d. Mar. 18, 1795, and his 
widow settled his est. as administratrix. She d. in 1828. This 
family no further traced by us. For more see " Genealogy of the 
Gillsou and Jillson Family." 

[177.] Anna Jillson' (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Ballon', 
James', James", Maturin' ; b. on territory soon after Cumberland, 
R. I., Oct. 14, 1736; m. John Dmi'imj, Jr., (John, John, Dennis), 
b. in Bellingham, Mass.; cer. Dec. 4, 1755. Issue, all b. in said 
Bellingham. — 

698— 1. Prudence Darling, b. May 26, 175(); d. Sei)t. 11, 1756. 

699— 2. Mary Darling, b. July 21, '57; 

700— 3. Penelope Darling, b. Nov. 20, '59; 


— 1. 








— 5. 








701 — 4. John Darling, b. Nj^v. 1, 1701; m. Lovice Cook, dr. Daniel, 1781. 

703— T). Nathaniel Darling, b. Jan. 11, '64; 

703— C). Sai;ah Darling, b. June 12, '65; 

704— 7. Stei.hen Darling, 1). Julj- 10, '68; d. June 2S, 177,3. 

705— 8. Anna Darling, b. Oct. 30, '70; 

706— 9. Hannah Darling; b. Apl. 9, '73; 

707—10. Seth Darling, b. Apl. 28, '77; m. Susanna Cook, Wrentham, Apl. 

10, 1800. 
708—11. Uriah Darling, b. Sept. 15, '81; 

Joliii Darling d. May 29, 1753. Death-date of Mrs. Anna not 
found. This family no further traced. 

[178.] Phillis Jillson" (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lon', James', James', Matnrin' ; b. on territory which soon after 
became Cumberland, E. I., Oct. 31, 1738; m. JVJc/ioh/s Cook\ Dea. 
Nicholas', Nicholas", Walter', b. in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 7, 
1733; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 20, 1757, by Groom's bro. 
Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, mostly if not all b. in Bellingham, 

709—1. Uriah Cook, b. June 27, 1760. 

710—2. Lutina Cook, b. Mar. 8, '64; 

711 — 3. Jeremiah Cook, b. Aug. 4, '66; 

712—4. Lydia Cook, b. Oct. 13, '68; 

713—5. Cah-in Cook, b. Mar. 4, '71; 

714—6. William Cook, b. Apl. 10, '73; 

Very little information has reached us of this family. The hus- 
band d. Sept. 15, 1791. Wife's death-date not given. No further 

1 179.] Stephen Jillron' (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lon', James'', James", Maturin' ; b. on territory which soon after 
became Cumberland, E,. I., Feb. 16, 1741 ; m. Hannah Peck, dr. 
of Nicholas and Hannah (Sprague) Peck, b. in the same general 
locahty Sept. 4, 1739 ; cer. Dec. 13, 17G1. Issue. — 

715—1. Zilphia Jillson, b. July 7, 1762; d. u. m. in Eichmond, N. H. 

716—2. Phillip Jillson, b. Nov. 3, '63; m. Eoyal Blake 1784; d. Keeue, 
N. H., 1827. 

717—3. George Jillson, b. June 16, '65; m. Hannah Taylor 1785; d. Hart- 
ford, N. Y., 1810. 

718—4. Jerusha Jillson, b. Mar. 15, '67; m. Jona. Sweet, Jr., 1784; d. 
Richmcmd, N. H., 1814. 

719—5. Anna Jillson, 1). Nov. 17, '68; m. Daniel Mann 1787; d. Richmond, 
N. H., 1804. 

720—6. Deliverance Jillson, b. Oct. 21, '71; m. Eli Blake, Keene, N. H.; 
d. there 1837. 


731—7. Hannah Jillsou, b. Ma^y l(j, 1773; m. Amos Parker, Richmond, 

N. H., 1792; d. 1853. 
722—8. Martha Jillson, h. Ans. 15, '77; m. Jeremy Howlapd; d. Lislx^n, 

N. H., 1839. 
723—9. Stephen Jillson, 1). Sept. 15, '79; m. 1st Lneina Inmau 1804, 2d 

Sarah Ehodes. 

Mrs. Hannah, the mother of these 9 chn., d. in Ilichmond, N. H., 
date not oiven ; and the father m. Sumn Cole of that place ; cer. 
Nov. 28, 1791, hy Samuel Gasldll, J. P. Issue.— 

724 — 10. Susanna Jillson, h. , 1792; m. Capt. Luke Harris, Richmond, 

N. H. 

Mrs. Susan soon d. ; and Stephen' m. 3d C/iloe Tolmrm of Rich- 
mond, N. H., Nov. 16, 1794. Issue.— 

725 — 11. Benjamin Jillson, b. , 1798; m. Mrs. Babcock, moved to 

Hoosac, N. Y. 

Stephen Jillson" was a respectable farmer. He and his 1st wife 
were members of the Baptist Cli. in Cumberland, R. I. He was a 
Capt. of militia, next in succession after Capt. Levi Tower. He 
removed with his family to Richmond, N. H., about the year 177G, 
and d. there in Dec. 1801. See Jillson Genealogy. No further 
traced in this work. 

[180.] Catherine Jillson" (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah 
Ballou', James'', James", Maturin' ; b. virtually in Cundierland, 
R. I., July 18, 1743 ; m. Joseph Mernfiehl of HolHstou Apl. 18, 
1765 ; cer. by bride's father. Unaccountably to us nothino- has 
reached us further respecting- the results of this mge. The Jillson 
Genealogy ignores it, and therefore we pass on in silence. 

[181.] Sarah Jillson" (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lou\ James", James', Maturin'; b. virtually in Cumberland, R. I., 
Dec. 8, 1745 ; in. Silas Gaskill of Cumberland Mar. 4, 17(55. This 
couple soon after mge. removed to Richmond, N, H., where they 
had issue as follows. — 

726—1. Sylvanus (iaskill, h. Sept. 5, 1765. 

727—2. Wilder Gaskill, b. Oct. 6, '67. 

728—3. Uriah Gaskill, b. Oct. 31, '69. 

729—4. Jonathan Gaskill, b. Ans". 21, '72. 

This family no further traced. 

[182.] Elizabeth Jillson", (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah 
Balloii', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. L, Mar. 


10, 1748; m. Ahvahaiii Cook (Abriibinn, Eld. Josiuli, NiclioLis, 
Walter), b. ill Cunibeiiand, Apl. 24, 1748; cer. prob. about 17GG 
or '{J7 ; date not found. Issue. — 

780—1. Nancy Cook, b. Cnmberlaiul July 8, 17(i8; ni. Eliplialet Darling; 
had 8 elm. 

Abraliani Cook, Jr., after 1774 removed to Pelliam, Mass., and 
later to Hlnitesbury, where Mrs. Elizabeth" d. Subsequently he 
m. Lydia Dunham, and then resided awhile with his dr. and hus- 
band, Eliphalet Darling-. Mrs. Lydia d. before long-, and Abra- 
ham finally dwelt in the family of John Hoskins in Shutesbury, 
Mass., until his own death. Dates very scanty in this case. No 
further traced. 

[183.] Ukiah Jillson' (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lon', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, E. I., May 8, 
1750; m. 1st EUzaheth Clark of Smithtield, K. I., second dr. of 
Samuel and Eachel Clark, b. Apl. 30, 1753; cer. Dec. 3, 1772, 
particulars not g-iven. Issue, all b. in Cumberland. — 

731—1. Priscilla Jillson, b. Mar. 1, 1774; ni. diaries Wlieaton Dec. 3, 1810. 
782—2. Priidence Jillson, b. Mar. 17, '75; m. Paul Smith July 7, 1797. 
738—8. Temperance Jillson, b. Apl. 12, '78; m. Jeremiah Bullock May 31, 

734—4. Elizabeth Jillson, b. Apl. 24, '^'i; m. John Hoag June 1, 1809. 
735—5. Uriah Jillson, b. Oct. 8, '85; m. Mary Taft Aug. 1809. 
736-G. Eachel Jillson, b. Aug. 14, '91; d. Feb. 28, 1793. 
737—7. Achsa Jillson, b. Apl. 24, '94; m. Burgess T. Chace Mar. 2, 1837. 
738—8. Silas Clark Jillson, b. Apl. 17, 1799; m. Isabel Aldrich, d. July 14, 


Mrs. Ehzabeth d. Mar. 17, 1822. Uriah'' m. 2d lladassah Moicry 
of Smithtield, R. I. ; cer. according- to usage of Friends, Nov. 6, 
1823. He and both wives were either members of or closely at- 
tached to the Society of Friends. He d. on his homestead in 
Cuniljerland Nov. 10, 1836, deaving a considerable estate to his 
family, which was settled according to Will by his son-in-law, 
Burgess T. Chace. See Jillson Genealogy for particulars not nec- 
essary to mention here, and also for continuance of posterity. No 
fui-ther traced in this Avork. 

[184.] Paul Jillson" (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Ballon', 
James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 6, 1752 ; 
m. Martha Clarl-, third dr. of Samuel and Eachel Clark, b. in 
Smithtield, E. L, Apl. 14, 1755 ; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 8, 


1778. Soon after mg'e. they removed to Riclimond, N. H., Avhere 
they had the following- specified issue. — 

7-6'.)— \. Eadiel JilLsou, h. Nov. 19, 1778; a mute, u. m., d. Jan. 7, 1840. 
740—3. Sarah Jillson, b. Aug. IB, '80; m. Nathan Bullock Fol). 10, 1804. 
741—3. Silas Jillson, b. AijI. 15, '84; ni. Elizabeth Cook, Wrentham, Mass., 

Dec. 1, 1808. 
742—4. Esther Jillson, b. Apl. 28, '87; m. Jeremiah Bullock, Richmond, 

N. H., June 18, 1804. 
748—5. Paul Jillson, b. Oct. 2!), '89; m. Zilphia Sweet, Eichmond, Jan. 19, 

744—6. Clark Jillson, b. June 10, '92; m. Irena Ballon June 18, 1815. 
745—7. Mercy Jillson, b. Apl. 33, '95; m. Willing- Vose Aug. 19, 1814. 


Paul Jillson" was a respectable farmer in Richmond, N. H. He 
and his wife were exemplary members of Friends' Society. He 
d. Apl. 27, 1823. Mrs. Martha d. Sept. 15. 1828. See Jillson Gen- 
ealogy. No further traced in this work. ■ 

[185.] Jemima Ballou', Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
then Wrentham, Mass., now Cumberland, K. I., Nov. 23, 1741 ; m. 
Martin Itonnds from Eehoboth, Mass., jiarentage and birth-date 
not ascertained; cer. Mar. 1, 1761, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, 
b. in the vicinity of W. Wrentham, Mass., or edge of Cumberland, 
R. I.— 

740—1. Robie Rounds, b. ])rob. 17(i5; m. Nathan Horton Mar. 20, 1785. 
747 — 2. James Ballon Rounds, b. prob. '07; m. Elizabeth Bliss July 29, 

748—3. Phebe Rounds, b. prob. '09; m. David Pierce Feb. 9, 1789. 
749 — 4. Lavina Rounds, b. prob. '71; m. Thomas Horton Nov. 23, 1794. 

Whether Jemima (Ballon) Rounds ever belonged to the Cum- 
berland Six Principle Baptist church we have not learned ; but 
we have evidence that her husband did, having- been baiitized 
Aug-. 12, 1764, prob. by Elder Nathaniel Cook. He seems, how- 
ever, to have become disaliected in 17(55, along with James Ballon' 
and others, who were drawn into the New Light excitement, and 
wanted more freedom of speech and action than the Six Principlers 
allowed. He is said to have been a shoemaker by trade, and to 
have resided a feAv years with his family about half a mile east of 
his wife's birthplace. There, after giving birth to the four above 
named chn., she d. prob. in 1772. Mr. Rounds subsecpiently re- 
moved with his chn. to his native Rehoboth, where he m. a widow 
Martin, and by her had several additional chn. There his older 
chn. all grew up and married. They will appear in the proper 


order and place of their o-eneration. The moral aud social char- 
acteristics of Jemima Ballon' are presiimed to have been reputa- 
ble ; though we have neither recorded nor traditional testimonials. 

[18().] Jeeusha Ballou', Ariel', James", James", Maturin' ; b. 
in then AVrentham, Mass., soon after Cumberland, E. I., Nov. 13, 
1745; m. Ezi'Viel Cook (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), b. in 
Bellingham, Mass., June 19, 1741; cer. Oct. 20, 17(53, in Cumber- 
land, R. I., by gToom's oldest brother, Elder Nathaniel Cook. 
Issue, all b. in said Bellingham. — 

750—1. Ziba Cook, b. May (3, 1764; m. Joanna Alclricli of Uxbrid<?e. 

751—3. Ezekiel Cook, Jr., b. Aug. 18, '71; m. Joanna Pickering, May 9, 


752—3. Urauali Cook, b. Sept. 10, '75; m. Setli Cook May 28, 1795. 

753—4. Jerusha Cook, b. Nov. 10, '77; m. Daniel Arnold Dec. 28, 1798. 

754—5. Eunice Cook, b. Jan. 26, '79; d. young. 

755—6. Nalium Cook, b. Sept. 21, '82; d. young. 

756—7. Esther Cook, b. Dec. 22, '84; m. Abel Aldricli 1802. 

Jerusha (Ballou) Cook and her husband Ezekiel Cook were 
baptized by Elder Abner Ballou and received into the Cumber- 
land Six Principle Baptist church, Oct. 14, 1787. They always 
resided in Bellingham, Mass., a little north of Scott Hill, honored 
their lineage and profession by exemplary lives, and departed in 
a good old age to the immortal world. He made his Will May 
25, 1821, constituting- his wife Jerusha sole executrix. He d. Jime, 
1821, and the Will was proved Aug-. 21, 1821. Mrs. Jerusha, his 
wid. d. between Dec. 1, 1832 and Feb. 28, 1833 ; rather more in- 
definite than we should prefer, Ijut the best that could be given. 

[187.J Chloe Ballou", Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 1(5, 1749; m. PMUp Aldrich, then of 
Mendon, Mass., son of Peter and3Iiriam (Tower) Aldrich, b. Nov. 
1744; cer. May 4, 1771. They are said to have had 8 chn. four of 
whom d. in infancy of scarlet fever within 48 hours. Their names, 
if they had any, have not come to us, nor the birth-date of but a 
single child. The names of the 4 that survived to maturity were. — 

757 — 1. Ariel Aldrich, b. not given; m. Lucy . 

758—2. Joanna Aldrich, b. " ; m. Jacob Martin, possibly a 2d husb. 

759—3. Pamelia Aldrich, b. " ; m. Setli Sprague. 

760—4. Arvilla Aldricli, b. Apl. 12, 1787; m. Joseph Hawkins, 1808. 

Chloe (Ballcni) Aldrich and husband, not long- after marriag-e, 
emigrated to Richmond, N. H. After some years they removed 


tlience to Walliiiqford, Vt., or its vicinity. In tliat locality their 
youngest dr. Arvilla was born, and perhaps one or two of their 
older chn. The still older ones were prob. b. in Eichmond, N. H., 
where we presume their 4 infants, above mentioned, d. of scarla- 
tina within the short space of two days. About the year 1H07, 
the parents with their surviving chn. removed to Hamburg, Erie 
Co., N. Y. That region was then wild and uncultivated, and they 
had to make them a new home under corresponding disadvan- 
tages. After much privation and hard-earned success, they had 
the misfortune to lose their habitation by tire, with everything in 
it except the lives of the family. Their case was indeed a sad one. 
They finally took up their abode with their daughter Arvilla (Al- 
dricli) Hawkins and her husband Joseph, in whose kind care they 
closed their mortal career. He d. about 1820, and she about 1827. 
Singularly enough she d. of measles at the age of fourscore. 

[188.] Melatiah Ballou", next in age, d. in infancy. 

[189.] Catheeine Ballou", Ariel", James", James", Maturin' ; I), 
in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 21, 1754; m. Klhlia Sayh^, (Richard, 
Richard, John, Thomas), b. in Smithtield, R. I., Mar. 15, 1756; 
cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 16, 1775, by Eld. Abner Ballou. 

700i— 1. Lucy Sayles, b. Franklin, Mass., Sept. 20, 1777; m. James Boy- 
den, Jr., Jiily 2, 1795. 

761 —3. Ariel Sayles, b. Franklin, Mass., June 15, 1780; m. Lucy Evans 

Nov. 8, 1807. 

762 — 3. Ricbard 8ayles, b. No. Wrentliam, Mass., July 20, 1782; m. Betsey 

Jones of Medway. 

763 —4. Avilda Sayles, b. No. Wrentliam, Mass., July 1(>, 1785; d. younj?. 

764 —5. Lavinia Sayles, b. No. Wrentliam, Mass., Oct. 20, 1788; in. Han- 

sell Kimball. 

765 —6. Willard Sayles, b. Medlield, Mar. 1, 17'J3; m. Maria Francoeur 

June 9, 1816. 

Catherine Ballou' and husband commenced married life per- 
haps in Smithtield, R. I., but soon removed to Franklin, Mass., 
and thence a few years later to North Wrentliam, now Norfolk, 
Mass. There they spent the remainder of their days. They were 
rei)utable and exemplary people. Mrs. Catherine was baptized 
by Eld. Abner Ballou, and received into his Six Priiicii)le Baptist 
cli., Se])t. 16, 1789. Prob. she Avas then residing in the southerly 
]iart of Franklin, Mass. Whether her liusl)aiid ever made any 
pul)lic x>i"ofession of religion we are not informed; but he was a 
worthy man and good citizen. Their chn. were well brought up, 


iiud jihvays iiijiiiitaiiiod u resp(;ctal)l(! stciiuliiij^' in society. Elislia 
Sayles d. Jan. 1, 1834, a. 77 yi's. 9 mos. and 17 ds. Mrs. Catherine 
d. Apl. 21, 1810, a. 85 yrs. am,! 8 mos. 

[190.] Duty Ballou", Ariel', James"^, James', Maturin'; b. in 
Cnml)erland, R. I., Apl. 22, 175(3; m. Waitstill alias Waitie Jillson 
(Nathaniel, Nathaniel, James), b. Feb. G, 1759; cer. Dec. 21, 1778, 
by Peter Darling', J. P. Issue. — 

7()6— 1. Alpha, 1). Mar. 20, 1779; m. John KeUey May 14, ISOI. 
707—3. Uranah, 1). Nov. IG, '80; m. Eexiben Davlino- Nov. 15, 1807. 
7(58—3. Nathan, h. July 27, '82; m. Lucy Arnokt Mar. 2(5, 1807. 

Duty Ballon ' is understood to have settled on a homestead em- 
bracing' the northerly portion of his father's patrimonial estate, 
situated jnst over the Massachusetts line in the extreme southwest- 
erly corner of Wrentham. It was partty, if not wholly, the gift of 
his father, ArieV. The domicile in which he and his young family 
dwelt was long since removed by Ariel Ballou", his brother, who, 
after Duty's untimely death, purchased the property. Nothing- 
remains to mark the site but the almost ol)literated cellar hole. 
Duty served as a Bhode Island soldier a considerable length of 
time during the war of the Revolution. It seems he was married 
about the middle of that eventful conflict, and all his chn. were b. 
before its termination. But his earthly career was suddenly cut 
short by an afflictive casualty. In felling a tree on his estate, it 
became lodged, and in coming' down either the trunk or some of 
its branches struck him a fatal blow, of which he soon after died. 
His death took place Dec. 29, 1783, at the age of 27 yrs. 8 mos. and 
7 (Is. His memorial g-ravestone, in the Ballon Burying Groimd, 
bears this inscription. — "Duty Ballon, a soldier of the Revolution, 
died Dec. 29, 1783. Aged 29." The ag-e was some one's uninten- 
tional mistake. Mrs. Waitie, his widow, was afterward m. to 
William Whipple, and became the mother of several chn. — cer- 
tainly of two sons and two drs., whom we omit from this record. 

[191.] Ariel Ballou', Ariel', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Pel). 21, 175ft; m. 1st., Lucina ComMoclx of 
Wrentham, Mass., dr. of Nathan and Abigail (Arnold) Comstock, 
b. in Wrentham, Apl. 28, 1765; cer. Feb. 21, the groom's Itirthday, 
1782, by Rev. William Williams. Issue, — all b. in Cumberland, 

769—1. Eosina, b. Dee. 2, 178.3; m. Nathan Arnold Apl. 9, 1809. 
770—2. Ahio-ail, b. Apl. 1(5, '8fi; m. Davis Cook Dec. 8, 1808. 


771—8. Cyms, 1). Miir. 18, 1781); m. Susanna Ballon Feb. 14, 1810. 

773—4. Arnold, b. Mar. 31, '92; m. Lorinda Bates Apl. 11, 1816. 

773—5. Sarah, b. Mar. 2, '95; ,1. Oct. 11, 1803. 

774_0. Alfred, b. June 2, '99; m. Matilda Cook June 11, 1S35. 


Mrs. Lncina d. July 11, ISOl. Ariel" in. 2d, EdiJihi Tower, dr. 
of Levi and Mary (Whipple) Tower, b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 
27, 1771 ; eer. June 20, 1802, liy John Eogers, J. P. Issue.— 

775—7. Adin, b. Apl. 23, 1803; m. 1st Abigail Sayles, 2d Lucy Hunt. 
776—8. Ariel, b. Oct. 25, 1805; ni. Hannah Horton Sept. 11, 1832. 

Ariel Ballou' was an intellig-ent, upright, enterprising- farmer. 
He possessed himself, l)y inheritance and subsequent purchase 
of over two hundred acres, including all that was "billed by James 
Ballou^ to Arit^l' in the border of Wrentham, Mass., and Cumber- 
land, R. I. He was a hard worker, skillful and thorough in the 
cultivation of his lands, made many improvements for their greater 
^productiveness, built largely for habitation, storage and mill o^jera- 
tions — such as sawing lumber and cider-making — marketed much 
produce of various kinds, and took good care that none of his 
family should eat the bread of idleness, form dissolute habits, or 
grow up incompetent to liear their share of life's responsibilities. 
In early manhood he served as a soldier of the Revolution, and 
met the enemy a few times on the battle field, but used to say he 
hoped he killed no one — though he knew not the effect of his bul- 
lets. In his old age he was, for several years, one of the Revolu- 
tionary pensioners. In middle age he bore the title of militia 
Captain, but later that of Deacon ; he having experienced religion, 
been baptized and joined the church about the year 1814. At 
that time the g-eneral neighborhood passed through the excite- 
ment of what Avas called "a reformation," produced by the labors 
of several preachers of the Chrldviu Order, so styled,, among 
whom Elder Zephaniah S. Crossman Avas for some time conspicu- 
ous. They Avere strict Baptists in the matter of immersion, anti- 
Calvinistic on free grace and free Avdll, high Unitarians in respect 
to the nature and office of Christ, Avarm revivalists on religious 
couA^ersion, tenacious of the NeAv Testament Scriptures as tlieir 
only creed, and of bearing no denominational name but simply 
that of Christian. As to the final destiny of the Avicked, most of 
them held to the doctrine of Destructionism ; i. e. that after the 
Day of Judgment the finally impenitent, as the end of their piin- 
ishment, Avould be stricken out of existence. A church of this 
character was formed Avhose centre Avas the Cumberland Ballou 



iiciiiliborliood, aiul Avliosc coiigTegations froquentl.y occupied- the 
Ballon MeetinglKHise. It was entitled "The Chnrcli of Christ in 
Cumberland, R. I.," and seemed to supersede the almost extinct 
Six Principle Baptist church. It flourished for a considerable 
period, but finally declined and passed away. 

Ariel Ballon' joined that church, became its main pillar, its 
leading" Deacon, and for some years poured out his temporal suV)- 
stance with almost Pentecostal liberality, for its siipport and that 
of its favorite ministry. His wife and three of his sons were bap- 
tized and became members. In those years he and his devoted 
wife kept fi'ee entertainment for travelling- preachers and their 
horses, and for many hungry saints, some of whom cared quite 
as much for "the loaves and flshes" as for the g'ospel. Perhaps it 
is but truthful to add, that Deacon Ariel, in later and cooler years, 
seriously doubted the wisdom of his larg'e g'enerosity, as its results 
hardly realized the good intended, and occasioned him some un- 
pleasant pecuniary embarrassment. However, he lived and died 
in substantial adhesion to his religious faith and professions. 

His first wife is understood to have been a worthy woman and 
companion in her day, but we are unable to give her personal 

Dea. Ariel Ballou House, Cumberland, E.-I. 

characteristics with any amplification. His second was the mother 
of the writer, and he knew her to be one of the best wives, mothers 
and neighbors that ever lived. In her own family and household, 


and in a wide circle of acquaintances, she was an untirino' minister 
of love, mercy and kindness. Humble, unostentatious, laborious 
in every form of domestic service, charitable to the poor, almost 
ubiqiiitous in the sick chambers of her vicinage, and everywhere, 
cheerfully self-possessed, she lived to bless and curse not. She 
seemed to consume almost nothing- for self-gratification or show, 
and was the serving fi'iend of all within her sphere of activity. 
She was appreciated accordingly and left a most precious and 
blessed memory. She departed to the higher life, with peaceful 
assurances of an angelic welcome to her heavenly home, Dec. 27, 
1834, in her 64th year. Not long after her decease Dea. Ariel set- 
tled the major portion of his estate, under an arrangement whereby 
he divided it among his children — securing to himself a sufficient 
maintenance for the remainder of his days. Subsequently he 
dwelt successively with his sons for limited terms. During his 
latter years he was much aftlicted by inliammation of the eyes, and 
other infirmities common to old age. He finally resumed his 
abode on the old homestead with the family of his son Alfred, 
where he d. Sept. 26, 1839, in his 82d year. 

[192.] Eunice Ballou', Ariel', James', James"', Maturiu' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 13, 1762 ; m. Darnel Sayles (Richard, 
Richard, John, Thomas), b. in Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 18, 1758; 
cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 4, 1778, by Eld. Aimer Ballon. Is- 
sue, mostly b. in Franklin, Mass., some of the older in Smithfield, 
R. L— 

777— 1. Lavinia Sayles, b. Au^^ 28, 1778; d. -Time 16, 1780. 

778— 2. BeJah Sayles, h. May 18, '80; m. William Scott, Pub. Apl. 27, 1800. 

779— 3. Anna Sayles, b. Jan. 30, '82; m. Peter Wliitin"- Sept. 2t), 1803. 
7H0— 4. Stephen Sayles, b. Feb. 10, '84; m. Esther Darling Jan. 11, 1810. 

781— 5. Isaiah Sayles, b. Dec. 11, '85; 

782 — (5. Avilda Sayles, 1). Mar. 6, '88; d. in honorable maidenhood Jan. 

30, 18(1(3. 

783 — 7. Nahum Sayles, b. Apl. 14, '00; ill starred, went to sea— lost. 

784— 8. Daniel Sayles, Jr., b. Feb. 29, '92; m. Olive Ballon, Pnb. Apl. 

13, 1812. 
78,'5— <). John Sayles, b. Sei.t. 10, '94; m. Hannah Cook, Pub. Sept. 8, 1821. 
78G— 10. Nabby Sayles, b. Aug. 20, '9(5; d. Sept. 30, 1799. 
787—11. Juliana Sayles, b. July 9, '98; m. Rev. Dexter Bullard Feb. 1, 

788—12. Ariel Sayles, b. Aug. 21, 1800; m. Elizabeth Aylesworth Apl. 17, 

789—13. Oren Sayles, I). Feb. 14, '02; m. Almira Ballon Jan. 1823. 

Here is one of the old-fashioned larg-e families, worthy and 


respectable, with few blemislies and many excellencies. We have 
an impression, Init not a record, that Mrs. Ennice was a member 
of Eld. Abner Ballon's cli. Her hnsband was not a professor of 
religion, but a possessor of more than many who are professors. 
Their first residence, after marriage, was Smithtield, R. I. Thence 
they took possession of a handsome homestead in the southwest 
part of Franklin, Mass. There they brought u\i this family host. 
They toiled hard, passed through many trials, and finally took 
their departure to a better world. AVe knew them well, and can 
bear witness to their substantial worth. Aunt Eunice"" d. May 12, 
1837, in her 7Gth year. Uncle Daniel d. Jan. 18, 1841, a. 86 ja-s. 
Their dust reposes in the ancient Ballou Burying Ground, Cum- 
berland, B. I. 

[193.] Esther Ballou", Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, B. I., Mar. 13, 17G2 ; m. Soloiiion Brailey, son of 
Roger and Butli Brailey, Franklin, Mass. ; cer. in said Cumber- 
land Oct. 23, 1785, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue. — 

790 — 1. Collins Brailey, 1). Franklin, Mass., June 2!), 1786; in. Larania 

Jillson 1814. 

791— 3. Nancy Brailey, h. Franklin, Mass., May 9, '88; d. a. 8 yrs. 
793— 3. Lydia Brailey (twin), b. Franklin, Mass., Feb. 13, '91; m. Wil- 

lard Whipple Mar. 31, 1816. 

793— 4. Deborah Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., Apl. , '94; in. Nath'l. 

Jillson, Jr., Oct. 8, 1817. 

794— 5. George Brailey, b. Mendon, Mass., Apl. 10, '96; m. Martha W. 


795— 6. Miranda Brailey, b. Mendon, Mass., Jnly 11, '98; m. Seth Cook 

Feb. 28, 1817. 

796— 7. John Brailey, 1). Franklin, Mass., Sept. 9, 1800; m. Almira Jill- 

son 1825. 

797 — 8. Amos Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., , '03; m. Amelia Rathbun. 

798 — 9. Sylvia Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., June 6, '05; m. Joseph Bur- 

lingame Nov. 6, 1831. 
799—10. Nancy Brailey, b. Pelhani, Mass., , '07; m. Daniel Bartlett. 

Besides these there was a nameless twin, b. with Lydia Feb. 3, 
1791, that d. at or soon after birth — making 11 elm. in all. From 
what we can learn, it would seem that Esther (Ballou) Brailey and 
husband dwelt, after nige., first in Franklin, Mass., prob. in the 
southwesterly part, then next a few years in Mendon, then again 
in Franklin awhile, and finally in Pelham, Mass. He was a shoe- 
maker l)y trade, and perhaps lived in hired tenements mostly ; at 
least he apjiears to have changed his abode somewhat frequently 
in the same general vicinity. In 1806 he removed with his family 


to Pellinm, Mass. Aud there both parents hved and died. Mrs. 
Esther d. about 1841, aged 79 yrs. He d. about 1855, in the 94:th 
yr. of his ago. All their clin. have passed away, and we are de- 
pendent mainly on their grand chn. for the facts and data above 
given. No one has vouchsafed any summary of their characters, 
which we presume to have been reputable. 

[11)4.] Selah Ballou', Ariel', James', James'"', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., May 17, 1764 ; m. Saul aScoU, son of Dea. 
Samuel Scott, b. in Belliugham, Mass., July 2, 1764 ; cer. in said 
Cumberland May 13, 1781, by Elder Abner Ballou. Mrs. Selah's 
birtli-date in the family Bible differs a few days from the Cumber- 
land records, being May 23 instead of May 17, as given above. It 
Avill be seen that she became a wife at the age of scarcely 17 yrs. 
She proved a friiitful mother to the extent of 13 elm., and lived to 
be almost 90. The parents lived and died on what is called Scott 
Hill, Bellingham, Mass., where all their chn. were born. — 

800— 1. Obiey Scott, b. Feb. 4, 1782; in. Lydia Lazell Oct. 10, 1805. 

801— 3. Mary Scott, b. Feb. 5, '84; m. John Seagrave Mar. 21, 1805. 

803— 3. Jeruslia Scott, b. Apl. 9, '8G; m. Dorrington Seagrave Nov. 33, 1804. 
808— 4. Selah Scott, b. Jan. 4, '88; m. Asa Newell Dec. 38, 1806. 

804— 5. Selissa Scott, b. Sept. 31, '89; m. Asa Hall Jnne 16, 1831. 

805— 6. Al)igail Scott, b. Mar. 18, '91; d. Apl. 19, 1809. 

806— 7. Lavinia Scott, b. Mar. 37, '93; m. Martin Cliilson Jan. 3, 1819. 

807— 8. Eila Scott, b. Apl. 4, '95; m. Sarali S. Paine Feb. 38, 1819. 

808— 9. Axalana Scott, b. Feb. 16, '97; d. u. m. Woousocket, R. I., Nov. 

17, 1878. 
809—10. Emory Scott, b. May 24, '99; ni. Waity G. Jillson Mar. 31, 1830. 
810—11. Willard B. Scott, b. Nov. 14, 1801; m. Sarah A. Taggard May 11, 

811—13. Sanl B. Scott, b. July 5, '04; m. Susan Daniels. 
813—13. Jefferson Scott, b. Aug. 3, '06; m. Elsie Worrall. 

Saul Scott and Selah (Ballou) Scott his wife settled, immedi- 
ately after marriage, with or near his parents, on the i)atrimonial 
estate, which had descended fi'om his gd. father, Joseph Scott, in 
the southerly portion of what has long been known as Scott Hill, 
Bellingham, Mass. They were intelligent, upright people of the 
farming yeomanry, and reared up this large family in knowledge, 
virtue and laudable enterprise for positions of usefulness and re- 
spectability. Saul Scott was a man of good natural abihties, and 
was held in honorable esteem by his townsmen. And his Avife 
deservedly enjoyed eminent respect among her contemporary 
kindred, numerous posterity, and general associates. He d. Apl. 


22, 1834, aged nearly 70 yrs. Mrs. Selali d. Apl. 15, 1854, almost 
90 yrs. of age. The liiieag-e of Saul Scott runs back thus. — SauP, 
Dea. Samuel', Joseph", Sylvauus", liichard'. Richard' was con- 
temporary propriet(^r with Roger Williams of Providence, R. I. 

[1!)5.] Mahy Keith\ Michael Keith and Bathsheba (Ballou)', 
James', James", Maturin' ; h. prob. 1744; m. Jose])]) Stiyift of Men- 
don, Mass., ptg-e., birth-date, &c., not ascertained ; cer. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Dec. 6, 1764, by Uriah Jillson, J. P. No available 
research has informed us whether this pair had clin. or what be- 
came of them. They are dropped, therefore, as no further trace- 

[196.] EsTHEii Keith\ Michael Keith and Bathsheba (Ballon)', 
James^, James'\ Maturin' ; b. prob. 1746 ; m. A,sa TJi()) of 
Mendon, Mass., son of Edward and Margaret (Aldrich) Thom])- 
son, b. May 14, 1748 ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 8, 1764, by 
Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, b. partly in Mendon, partly in Bel- 
lingham, Mass. — 

813 — 1. Michael Tliomp.soii, 1). not toiind; m. Keziali Cook, dr. of Noah. 

814—2. Margaret Thomi)son, U. prob. 1707; m. Ahnev Cook Apl. 17, 1794. 

815 — 3. Esther Thompson, b. not fonnd; d. n. m. 

810 — 4. Phebe Thompson, b. not found; d. n. m. 

817—5. Asa Thompson, b. Jan. 1!), 1775; m. Sally Estes Nov. 2, 17'jy. 

818 — 6. Prusia Thompson, b. not found; nothing given. 

810—7. Edward Thompson, b. July 24, 1780; m. Laviuia Carpenter May 

17, 1803. 
820 — 8. George Thompson, b. not found; m. 1st Mary French, 2d Aclisa 

French, 3d Eunice French, three drs. of William French, all 

of Mendon, Mass. 

No characteristics of this family vouchsafed us. Asa Thompson 
d. May 2(5, 1811. Mrs. Esther's death-date not ascertained. 

[197.] Maktha Newell', Elisha Newell and Bathsheba (Bal- 
lon)', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. L, Aug. (5, 

[198.] Elisha Newell' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Al)raham), Bath- 
sliel)a (Ballon)', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
May 14, 1751; m. Phehe Smith, dr. of John Smith, b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., 1759; cer. in that town Sept. 9, 1779, by Uriah Alverson, 
J. P. Issue, understood to have been b. in said Cumberland. — 

821 —1. Hannah Newell, b. May 14, 1780; m. Henry Greene. 

822 —2. Jason Newell, b. Sept. 17, '82; sup. d. young, untraccd. 



823 —6. Rutli Newell, b. Nov. IG, 1788; m. Nathan Hay ward of Menclon, • 


824 —4. Eunice Newell, b. Nov. -^— , '85; m. Stephen An<?ell Au.u'. 19, 1810. 
824A— 5. Eli Newell, b. Mar. 36. '88; m. Hally Root 1811. 

835 — 6. Albermarle Newell, b. May 5, '91 ; m. 1st Ebenezer King, 3cl Ca- 

leb Brtjwn. 

836 —7. Patience Newell, b. Sept. 31, '93; m. William Kim])alL 

837 —8. John Smith Newell, b. Oct. 30, '95; m. Lytlia Warner Dec. 5, 1819. 

838 —9. Elisha Newell, b. Sept. 17, '97; m. Ruth Mott Thurston Jan. 33, 


There is said to have been a nameless infant that d. at or soon 
after birth. All the others named above lived to marry and have 
chn. AVe hope to trace them throngh another generation. Elisha 
Newell^ and wife began married life with fair promise of average 
snccess in the world, but a blight came upon their prosperity at 
length. His mind liecame unsettled by alternate depressions and 
elevations until chronically deranged. This broke up the family, 
and developed many sad experiences for them all. Ordinarily he 
was comparatively quiet and harmless, but occasionally noisy and 
dangerous, even to the extent of requiring stringent personal 
restraint. Generally for many years he was permitted a large 
hberty, and wandered here and there among his relatives or old 
acquaintances — catching entertainment and lodging as he could. 
During the latter years of life both he and his wife were cared for 
by their kind-hearted son Elisha, Jr., and family, in Pawtucket, 
E. I. There he d. Nov. 6, 1830, a. about 78 yrs. And there, too, 
she d. Aug. 4, 1831, a. about 72 yrs. They are commemorated by 
decent gravestones. 

[199.] Bathsheba Newell' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), 
Bathsheba (Ballon)', James", James", Maturin' ; 1). in Cundjerland, 
E. I., Dec. 22, 1753 ; m. SantKel Scott (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Syl- 
vanus, Bichard), b. in Bellingham, Mass., 1751 ; cer. in said C\im- 
berland Feb. 9, 1773, by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue, all born in 
Bellingham. — 

829— 1. Joanna Scott, b. May 31, 1773; m. Ahaz Ahlrich, Uxbriclge, Apl. 

33, 1793. 

830— 3. William Scott, b. Sept. 35, '74; m. Selah Sayles, Pub. Apl. 37, 1800. 

831— 3. Samuel Scott, b. Feb. 11, '76; il. sup. u. m. Oct. 2'^, 1798. 

832— 4. Sabra Scott, b. Jan. 8, '78; m. Enoch Aldrich Mar. 'iS, 1798. 

833— 5. Elisha Scott, b. Dec. 4, '79; m. Nancy Caprou, Cumberland, R. I., 

Oct. 39, 1810. 

834— 6. Harvey Scott, b. May 14, '81; m. Phila Bartlett, Cumberland, 

R. I., 1805. 


835— 7. Israel Scott, 1). Mar. (>, 'S8; in. Savali Holltrook, Bclliiii^liaiii, 

Mass., 1809. 

836— 8. Batlisheba Scott, I). Jan. 4, '85; m. John Newell D(;c. !), 1805. 

837— 9. Patience Scott, b. Oct. 1, '8(i; m. El)er Bartlett, Cnmlierland, R. I., 

838—10. Asa Scott, h. Oct. 5, '88; m. Ruth Miller, Cumberland, R. I., 1813. 
839—11. Nancy Scott, b. Apl. 10, '93; d. Sept. 26, 1798. 
840—13. Leonard Scott, 1). May 18, '95; d. Sept. 28, 1798. 
841—13. Paulina Scott, b. Apl. 5, 1802; d. in mature maidenhood 1822, a. 20. 

Eespec'table, upright, worthy ])eoph\ Mrs. Bathslu^ha <1. Mar. 
22, 1S28, in her 71st yr. Samuel Scott d. Sept. 12, 1829, in his 7*)th 
yr. Their remains repose and are commemorated in the ancient 
Scott Burying Ground of his native vicinag-e. This family branch 
no further traced. 

[200.] Jason Newell' (Elislia, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), Bath- 
sheba (Ballou)', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, II. I., 

Jan. 22, 1757 ; m. Sarah -. No report of research has reached 

us concerning the family record of this Jason Newell, and we can- 
not wait to ascertain the details. 

[201.] Patience Newell' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), 
Bathsheba (Balhm)', James^, James", Maturin' ; b. Jan. 19, 1759 ; 
published in Bellingham, Mass., to William Whitely Nov. 14, 1779. 
No more told ; and, unless something is furnished us before the 
completion of this volume, both these NcAvells must remain in the 
limbo of the untraced. 

[202.] Jehusha Cook' (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James', James", Maturin'; b. on terri- 
tory which soon after became Cumberland, B. I., Apl. 2, 174.'} ; m. 
ThniiKix WixhI^ parentag"e, birth-date, Arc, not found; cer. in said 
Cumberland Jan. 12, 17G4, by liride's father. Eld. Nathaniel Cook. 
Issue, b. in Swansey, Mass. — 

842—1. Peleg Wood, b. June 5, 1767; m. Lovica 1788. 

Thomas "Wood Avas a memlier of the Cumberland Six Principle 
Baptist church, baptized Sept. 9, 1704. Whether his wife was is 
not told. Soon after mg-e. they removed to Swansey, Mass. There 
Mrs. Jerusha d. Sept. 13, 1707. Mr. Wood returned to Cuml)er- 
land, and was married to Molly Tillson ; cer. Dec. 3, 1709, by Eld. 
Nathaniel Cook. He had chn. by his 2d wife, among whom 
were Reuben and Tillson ; but these do not come into our Ballou 


[Nos. 208 AND 204] are passed over, James and Elias Cook liav- 
in^ d. in infancy. 

[205.J Nathaniel Cook", (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nich- 
olas, Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James", James', Matnrin' ; h. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 4, 1748; m. Aviey W/iippli', Daniel", 
(Samuel, John), b. in Cumberland, Apl. 14, 1742; cer. in said 
Cumberland, Nov. 24, 1768, by Peter Darliuo', J. P. Issue, all b. 
in said Cumberland. — 

848—1. Esek Cook, b. Dec. 29, 17(i8; m. Tluinkt'nl Wliipple about 178J). 

844—2. Jeruslia Cook, b. Sept. 7, '70; ni. Jabez Newell. 

845—3. Amasa Cook, b. Jan. 9, '72; m. 1st Martlia Heaton, 2(1 M. Wilkinson. 

840—4. Whipple Cook, b. May 23, '73; ni. Lucy Darling Nov. 10, 1796. 

847 — 5. Amey Cook, b. Maj" 7, 1775; d. u. ni. a. a])()ut 20 j^ears. 

848— (5. Martlia Cook, b. June 17, '77; d. u. m. Fel). 18, 1851. 

849—7. Dr. Natliauiel Cook, b. Feb. 9, '79; ra. Nancy Aldrich July 14, 1805. 

850—8. Nahum Cook, b. Nov. 19, '82; ni. Lucy Ballon al)out 1805. 

Nathaniel CV)ok' was a man of uncommon ability, enterprise, 
firmness and executiveness. He rendered efficient service in the 
Revolutionary war, and was for some time in the navy, under 
command of the celebrated John Paul Jones in the Ship Alfred, 
as Landsman. His papers show that he reed, wages and prize 
money for at least three months of such naval service. How long- 
or frequently he served in the army we have not learned, but 
probably to a more considerable amount. The published Life 
and Exploits of Capt. John Paul Jones show that he took com- 
mand of the Ship Alfred and sailed Nov. 2, 1776, on a cruise for 
the capture of a fleet of coal barg-es, and to break up a fishing 
establishment at Ca])e Breton ; and that the cruise was very suc- 
cessful, cax)turing' m}^ny rich prizes. Nathaniel Cook" participated 
in the hazards and profits of that expedition. The late Philander 
P. Cook, a grandson of Nathaniel, possessed, in a neat frame, an 
Order of John Paul Jones approving the grandfather's demands 
for services on board the Alfred, also the receipted bill of the 
Landsman. The order bears the bold signature of Jones, and the 
receipt a very well written one of the payee. Probably this me- 
mento will go down as a cherished heirloom to uid)orn genera- 

NathanieP planted himself on a homestead a little eastward of 
Diamond Hill in Cundierland, which he managed with great in- 
dustry and judgment — iiua-easiug its value many fold. He was a 
man of thrift, a trusted citizen, and much distinguished for the per 


sisteiit sliiewdiicss ^vitli which ho niaiiitaiued Avhat he deemed his 
lights in many a hxw-snit. He seemed to have both a propensity 
and a genius for litigation throughout his long life — having al- 
most always a case in court, and being- generallj'^ successful in 
the issues. Nevertheless, he enjoyed a respectalile reputation in 
community for many commendable (pialities in domestic, social 
and civil relationship. He d. 8ei)t. 27, 1846, at the very advanced 
ag-e of over 98 yrs. Mrs. Amey, his connubial consort, preceded 
him some 14 yrs. She d. July 21, 1832, in her 91st yr.; whence it 
would seem she was several yrs. the oldest. 

[206. J AiiiEL Cook", (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)', Janies^ James", Matiirin' ; b'. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Oct. 15, 1749; m. DorvdH W/itpj)Ie, (\v. of Daniel', 
(Daniel, Samuel, John), b. in said Ciimberlaud, Oct. 2, 1750; cer. 
Feb. 20, 1772, by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue.— 

851 — 1. Levi Cook, b. Jiin. VS, 1778; m. Rhoda Darling', 2d Sarah Cook. 

853—2. Lavinia Cook, L. Sept. 7, '74; m. James Cole Aiig. 28, 1790. 

858—3. Amos Cook, b. Oct. 10, '76; m. Olive Darling, Aug. 15, 179S). 

854—4. Lucina Cook, b. Jan. 10, '79; m. Natlian Darling Feb. «, 1803. ' 

855—5. Ariel Cook, 1). Jan. 20, '81; m. Eliza O. Sabin, Sept. 10, 1809. 

856—6. Dorcas Cook, 1). Jan. 24, '83; m. Daniel Whipple Oct. 13, 1805. 

857—7. Darius Cook, b. Apl. 7, '85; m. Lucy Sherburne, Sept. 17, 1809. 

858—8. Davis Cook, b. Mar. 2, '88; m. Abigail Ballon Dec. 8, 1808. 

Ariel Cook and wife were members of the Cumberland Six Prin- 
ciple Baptist church, and he was one of its Deacons. They were 
both persons of sui)erior abilities and sterling" moral character. 
The writer well remembers "Aunt Dorcas" in her long widow- 
hood, especially at church in the old Ballou Meetinghouse sitting" 
as an Eldress in a large armed chair. She had a portlj^ and dig'- 
nified presence. She was intellig"ent, though like women of her 
g-eneratiou and rank little schooled. She was famoiis, among 
other things, for keeping a record, mo.stly in Almanacks, of the 
births, marriages and deaths which occurred throughout her g"en- 
eral neighborhood. Her Memoranda are still extant, and are both 
curious and useful. We have derived important data fi'om them. 
It is said that "blood tells." It has done so in the posterity of 
Dea. Ariel and Dorcas (WhiiJi^le) Cook; who have exhibited 
marked talents and characteristics. The parents dwelt (^n the 
patrimonial homestead inherited from Eld. Nathaniel Cook, about 
one mile north of Cumberland Hill, on the road leading- to Wren- 
tham, Mass. We have an impression of being" told that Dea. 


Ariel's death was partially induced by some casualty, but do not 
recollect ]>articulars. However tliis may have been, he d. in the 
prime of nnddle age June 18, 1803. Mrs. Dorcas d. in venerable 
widowhood Dec. 24, 1839, a. 89 yrs. 2 mos. and 22 ds. 

[207.] Martha Cook', (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, K. I., 8e])t. 18, 1751; m. Amo^ ^\ hippie, son of Daniel', 
(Daniel, Samuel, John); cer. Dec. 12, 1784. Issue, b. in said 

850—1. Hannah Whipple, b. Jan. 17, 1785; m. Eleazer Arnold; had 2 chu. 
860 — 2. Amos Whipple, Jr., b. Apl. 10, 'ST; d. withont issue in matnre age. 

There were two who d. in infancy — names and birth-dates not 
g"iven. The writer remembers this family, excepting the husband 
Amos, senior, who d. in early middle age. They were very worthy 
people, whose homestead was on Diamond Hill Plain, so called. 
None of their death-dates have been placed at our cc^mmand. 
Amey Ann Arnold, dr. of Eleazer and Hannah (Whipple) Arnold, 
m. Dr. Kelley Peck, who d. in 1840, leaving her a widow with 3 
chn., the only survivors of this lineage. No further traced. 

[208.) Silas Cook', (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James^, James', Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Mar. 23, 1753; m. 1st Joanna Da;rlivg, dr. Dea. 
Samuel and Esther (Slack) Darling, (Capt. Samuel, Capt. John, 
Dennis), b. in Bellingham, Mass., date not ascertained; cer. in 
said Bellingham, Oct. 26, 1775, by Rev. Noah Alden. Issue, un- 
derstood to have been b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

Reuben Cook, b. Dec. 27, 1776; m. Martha Whipple Apl. 25, 1802. 
Phila Cook, b. Sept. 24, '78; m. Flavhis J. Ballon Oct. 14, 1798. 
Phebe Cook, b. July 16, '80; ni. William Gaskill; set. Pelham. 
James Cook, 1). May 27, '82; m. Selina Mood.v. 
Silas Cook, Jr., b. Feb. 22, '84; m. wid. Patience Sherman Jan. 

1, 1822. 
Joanna Cook, b. Feb. 7, '86; m. Stillman Eand of Bellingham. 
Olney Cook, li. June 29, '88; d. young. 

868— 8. Ziba Cook, b. Yeh. 22, '91; m. Sally Cook, dr. of Esek". 

869— 9. Miranda Cook, b. Apl. 9, '93; m. Stephen Cook of Wrentham. 
870—10. Michael Cook, 1). May 29, '96; d. Sept. 29, 1798. 

871—11. Michael Cook 2d, 1). Nov. 23, '98; d. youug. 
872—12. Olney Cook 2d, 1). Oct. 9, 1801; m. Draper. 

Mrs. Joanna (Darling) Cook, d. in Pelham, Mass., Feb. 6, 1815, 
a. 58 yrs. Silas' m. 2d Sina (^Ballon) Rawson, wid. of Cyrenius 

S61 — 






864— 4. 








Rawson, and dr. of Maj. Reubeu Ballon" by liis tii'st wiff, Cbloe 
(Comstoc'k) Ballon, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 9, 177U; cer. in 
Pelliam, Mass., Mar. 0, 1816, by Winthrop Bailey. Issne, — b. in 
Pelhani, Mass. 

872i— 13. Maria Anna Cook, b. Apl. 4, IHIS); ni. Manly JilLsou, Sept. 26, 1837. 

Silas ", wiA^es and elm. were reputable people of their social class. 
He d. in Pelham,Mass., Feb. 12, 1842, a. almost 89 yrs. His 2d 
wife and wid. d. at Mendon, Mass., in 1841. 

1 209.] Phebe Cook', (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, I\. I., Jan. 15, 1755; m. JoHepl> T/idyer, (Joseph, Samuel, 
Ferdinando, Thomas), b. in Bellingham, Mass., June 10, 1754; cer. 
in said Cumberland May 28, 1778, by Eld. Abner Ballon. They 
sett, in Mendon, now Blackstone, Mass. Issne. — 

873—1. Keubeu Tliayer, 1). Mar. 21, 1779; m. Cliloe Wliite Mar. 10, 1805. 

874—2. Joseph Tliayer, b. Nov. 2, '80; m. Hopestill White May G, 1809. 

875 — 3. Asenith Thayer, b. July 23, '82; d. without issue, date not fouud. 

87G— 4. Welcome Thayer, b. Aug. 14, 'HG; m. Sally Adams May 25, 1819. 

877—5. Otis Thayer, b. Mar. 10, '89; m. Mercy Paine Dec. 21, 1811. 

878— G. Phebe Thayer, b. May 23, '94; prol). d. young. 

879—7. Sally Thayer, b. Mar. 25, '97; prol). d. young. 

Phebe' and husband were of the w(3rthy old fashioned farmer 
class. He inherited, in i)art at least, the homestead of his parents, 
Joseph and Abigail (Cook) Thayer, situated on the road leading- 
from " Five Corners " towards Woonsocket, P. I. Those familiar 
with that locality have often noticed the old gambrel roofed house, 
some years ago owned by Col. Lebbeus Gaskill, and more latterly 
by Mr. Russell Esty. In that domicile, we are told, Phebe' and 
husband reared their family, and died — as had his parents before 
them. Joseph d. July 13, 1821. Mrs. Phebe' d. Jan. 12, 1843, a. 
88 yrs. 

[210. ] Elizabeth Cook", (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nich- 
olas, AV alter), Martha (Ballon)', James'', James'', Maturin' ; 1). in 
Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 25, 1757 ; m. Benjduun. Thayer, (Joseph, 
Samuel, Ferdinando, Thomas), b. in Bellingham, Mass., Jan. 3, 
1756 ; cer. in said Cumberland, Sept. 16, 1779, by Jotham Cari^enter, 
J. P. They settled in Mendon, now Blackstone, Mass. Issue. — 

880 — 1. Lucina Thayer, 1). not found; m. Daniel Southwick. 
881—2. Lurana Thayer, b. " ; m. Mark Kelley. 

882—3. Asenath Thayer, b. " ; m. Alanson Adams. 


















Elizabeth' and husband dwelt on the farm in now Blackstone, 
owned and occupied by Frank N. Thayer. Their death-dates not 
given. Presumed to have been worthy people. The data of this 
family record is too imperfect for further tracement. 

[211.] Judith Cook' (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berhind, li. I., Jan. 19, 1759; m. Nicholas Tliayei- (Joseph, Samuel, 
Eerdinando, Thomas), b. in Bellingliam, Mass., Mar. 7, 1758; cer. 
in said Cumberland Nov. 10, 1783, by Eld. Abner Ballon. They 
settled in Mendou, now Blackstone, Mass. Issue. — 

Ariel Thayer, b. Aug. 5, 1784; m. Sylvia White Jan. 15, 1808. 

Laurauia Thayer, b. ; d. at birth. 

Sabra Thayer, b. ; d. at birth. 

Nicholas Thayer, b. June 19, 1790; m. Rachel Thayer Oct. 18, 

Abigail Thayer, b. Oct. 8, '98; m. Laban Thayer Jan. 15, 1815. 
Judith Thayer, b. Mar. 7, '90; ni. James Harkness Sept. 1, 1818. 
Diana Thayer, b. Oct. 7, '98; m. Leonard White Dec. 6, 1820. 
Phebe B. Thayer, b. , 1800; m. Soutlnvick Harkne-ss Apl. 1820. 

These parents lived, reared their family and died on a home- 
stead afterward owned and occupied by their son Nicholas, and 
more recently by Frank N. Adams. It is situated about a mile 
southerly from "Five Corners," on the road leading to Blackstone 
and Waterford villages. No characteristics given ; but they were 
of the yeomanry, and doubtless of fair moral standing. Their 
death-dates are not at our command. 

It may not be improper to apprise the reader that the above 
recorded Tliayers, Jose})h, Benjamin and Nicholas, were not only 
three brothers marrying three sisters, but lirst cousins to those 
sisters ; their mother, Abigail (Cook) Thayer, having been a sister 
of Eld. Nathaniel Cook. 

[212.] Ananias Cook' (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James", James'% Maturin'; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. L, June 12, 17G1 ; m. Sallif Butler, dr. of Benjamin 
Butler, resident, perhaps b., in Cumberland ; cer. Dec. 11, 1783, 
by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue. — 

891 — 1. Diana Cook, b. June 5, 1785; ni. Dr. Ly.sconib, and had 2 drs. 

892—2. Liu-ania Cook, b. Feb. 24, '87; ni. Charles Coolidge, 2 chn. 

898—8. Luciua Cook, b. Dec. 17, '88; ni. Esek Cook. 

894—4. Lebbens Cook, b. Jan. 9, '91; m. Mary Edgar, 9 chn. 

895—5. Welcome Cook, 1). Dec. 11, '92; d. young. 



89(5—0. Saruli Cook ) 1). Jan. 28, 1794; m. lier cousin, Col. Levi 

twins, Cook, 3(1 wife. 

897—7. Ananias Cook) b. Jan. 38, '94; d. youni;. 

898—8. Alniira, Cook, 1). Apl. 15. '95; m. John W. Harris, JJedliani, Mass. 

Our biograpliienl material of Aiiaiiias' and wife is very meagre. 
We have no cliaracteristies, and besides the above family record, 
learn only that they first settled in Paxton, Mass., and next in 
Marlborough, Mass. There she d. March 25, 1847 ; and he, Apl. 
15, 1852. Their son Lebbeus inherited the Marlborough home- 
stead, and had 9 chn. ( )f his family, and those of his sisters that 
m., we have merely a few confused scraps, hardly worth printing-. 
We therefore excuse ourselves from the discouraging pains and 
cost of further tracement. 

[218. 1 Seth Ballou", James', James', James", Maturiii' ; b. in 
Cund)erland, R. I., Feb. 20, 1749; m. Mai'ijaret ILlton, wid. of 
Israel Hilton, and i)r()b. dr. of Jeremiah and M;irg-aret (Tower) 
Bartlett, l)irtli-date not found ; cer. not far fi-oni 1766. Issue. — 

f^.j(j_l. Seth, 1). Sept. 31, 17(')7; ni. Sarah Aldrich Feb. 1, 1789. 

900—2. Margaret, h. prob. , '69; ni. John Benson Jan. 35, 1789. * 

901—3. Hattie, b. Jan. 80, '71; m. James Danly al)ont 1786 or 7. 

5)03—4. John, b. Feb. 3, '78; m. Elizabeth Pickering Nov. 39, 1793. 

From what we cau learn Seth Ballou" continued to reside in 
■'^'Cumberland, E. I., till all the above named chn. had been born, 
and prol). still later. He seems to have followed his father to 
Richmond, N. H., as early as 1776. He was a Revolutionary sol- 
dier at Ticonderog-a in 1777, when that fortress was invested by 
the British Gen. Burgoyne. He returned not long- afterward, and 
was toiling to found a comfortable home, when his career was 
suddenly cut short by death. He d. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 
15, 1778, in the SOtli yr. of his age. His family were not left in 
affluent circumstances, and shifted as best they could for a tolera- 
ble future. The widowed mother subsequently married her 3d 
husljand, a Mr. Garish, with whom she d. in the year 1808. The 
story of her elm., &c., will appear in its g-eneration and order. 

[214.] Olive Ballou', James', James'*, James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cund)erland, R. I., May 13, 1751; m. Preserved Wliipple (Daniel, 
Sanuiel, John), b. in Cumberland, R. I., a twin with his bro. Com- 

*Tlie blitli-ilates of tbc three younger of these chn. are given with more of guess work and com- 
promise than certain autlienticity. No record was ever found, and the traditional statements were 
conllicting. But we ai-e sure our iigures are nearly correct. 


fort, Sept. 6, 1746 ; cer. probably about 1766. Issue, all b. in said 
Cumberland, excepting Taniasin, the youngest. — 

903— 1. Otis Whipple, b. Dec. 28, 1767; m. Lydia Booni Mar. 15, 1708. 

904— 2. Preserved Whipple, Jr., b. Mar. 27, '70; m. Betsey Hewes. 

905— 3. Stephen Whipple, b. Nov. 27, '72; m. Mrs. Olive Allen Apl. 5, 1795. 

906 — 4. Philadelphia Whipple, b. Apl. 25, '76; m. Solomon Peck, not far 

from 179U. 

907— 5. Silas Whipple, b. Sept. 8, '78; m. Prnsia Boyce Feb. 1, 1812. 

908— 6. Comfort Whipple, 1). Jan. 7, '81 ; m. Betsey Gibson Dec. 12, 1802. 

909— 7. Nancy Wliii)ple, b. Sept. 18, '83; d. n. ni., Richmond, N. H., Apl. 

23, 1855. 

910— 8. Olive Whipple, b. July 2, '86; m. Simon Whipple, Jr., Aug. 18, 


911— 9. EnsseU Whipple, b. Aug. 11, '89; d. u. m. Oct. 25, 1877. 

912—10. James ^^^lipple, b. Apl. 30, '92; d. u. m. Dec. , 1812. 

913—11. Tamasin Whipple, b. Sept. 7, '97; d. July , 1802. 

Olive (Ballou) Whipple' and her husband removed from Cum- 
berland, E. I., with 10 elm., to Kichmoud, N. H., in 1794. There 
they had b. to them their 11th child, the above named Tanuisin. 
No one has furnished us with any sketch of their lives, character 
'and social standing, but there is good reason for believing that 
they averaged reputably with their cotemporaries of the same 
general rank in community. Mrs. Olive d. in llichmond, N. H., 
Apl. 14, 1845, in the 95tli yr. of her age. Preserved AVhipple, her 
husband, d. May 25, 1812 or 13. 

[215.] Silas Ballou", James,' James', Maturin' ; b. in Cumber- 
land, R. I., Feb. 24, 1753; m. Ilaniia/i llUtoti, dr. of Israel and 
Margaret (Bartlett) Hilton, b. in said Cumberland, Feb. 22, 1756; 
cer. Apl. 17, 1774, by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue, aU b. in llich- 
mond, N. H., excepting the first. — 

914 — 1. Eebecca, b. Sept. 8, 1775; m. Abuer Thiu'ber, Richmond, N. H. 

915—2. Silas, Jr., b. Apl. 5, '77; m. Elizabeth Curtis Jan. — , 1795. 

916 — 3. Susanna, b. Dec. 17, '79; m. Benjamin Mann, Richmond, N. H. 

917—4. Patience, b. June 22, '82; m. Abner Dassauce, Wallingford, Vt. 

918—5. Urania, b. Aug. 19, '86; m. Ezekiel Streeter, Richmond, N. H. 

919—6. Sylvia, b. May 23, '88; m. Thomas Boyce, Richmond, N. H. 

920—7. Olney, b. Aug. 8, '97; m. Sarah Ballou Jan. 27, 1820. 

Silas Ballou' is said to have been somewhat wild and romantic 
in early youth, l)ut endowed with a bright intellect and tlie ele- 
ments of poetic genius. His advantages for education in boy- 
hood were extremely limited, and perhaps poorly improved at 
best. When rii)ening into manhood he went to sea, on a whaling 


voyao-e, under a Qiiakor captain. On his return, when [)ai(l oti", 
he was asked by the captain to si<i-n a receipt, but had to cc^nfess, 
Avith mortiticati(^n, that he couhl n<^t write his name, and so nu^rt^y 
made his mark. The captain's wife, being- present, gave him a 
sharp motherly lecture, expressing her surprise to see such a good 
looking, smart young man unable to write his name, and urgently 
advised him to go home, attend school and obtain an education. 
He followed her advice to the extent of his available opportuni- 
ties, becoming an excellent penman, and a tolerable scholar for 
his day. He seems to have married soon after entering his 22d 
yr. ; yet Avent out Privateering once during the Revohitionary 
war, and had some hard experiences. His father endowed him 
with a farm at the southerly portion of his territorial purchase in 
Eichmond, N, H., about a mile from his own domicile. There he 
and his wife took up their al)ode and raised their family. Mr. 
Peck visited the locality in 1862. He found the farm in possession 
of Mr. Addison Paine. The primitive house had been demolished, 
leaving the old cellar and well. We learn further, from Frederick 
M. Ballon, Esq., our assistant researcher, who recently made an 
excursion to Eichmond, that the ancient barn is still standing. 
All accounts agi-ee in characterizing Silas' as a remarkable man. 
After applying himself, as before stated, to the acquisition of 
knowledge, he prosecuted the pursuit with determined diligence, 
by self-instruction and books till he rendered himself one of the 
most intelligent citizens of his vicinage. He is said to have grad- 
ually accumulated a very respectable library, and to have been 
held in honorable esteem by all wdio knew him. But what most 
distinguished him was his poetic genius. He was prolific in 
rhymes from his youth, and became so addicted to that form of 
expression that he used sometimes to say he could write a note of 
hand easier in it than in the usual style. We do not suppose he 
could be ranked among classic poets, or those of polished ele- 
gance ; for his erudition and culture were too homespun for that. 
But his productions were long in frequent demand throughout a 
wide rural circle, and not a few of them got into print. He wrote 
religious hymns, patriotic odes, funeral elegies, festive songs for 
social celebrations of all kinds, sonnets, acrostics, epitaphs, ke., 
kc. And he once amused himself by concocting into rhymes all 
the names of the eight hundred inhabitants of Eichmond, which 
was printed and read to the great admiration of his towu's-folk, 
and their neighbors around. He was a believer in universal sal- 
vation, and one of its earliest hymnists in this country ; though 


only a fraginent of his prodnetioiiK in this line lingers in any 
modern Universalist hymn-book. His liymnology became obso- 
lete in the Universalist denomination, partly on account of its 
rusticity or ineleg-ance of poetic diction, and partlj^ because 
stroug"ly tinctured with the now antiquated peculiarities of what 
the famous Dr. Huntington aptly styled " Calvinism Im]iroved." 
This was the type of Universalism to which Silas" had been con- 
verted, and which characterizes a considerable number of his 
hymns, but it is not probable that he troubled himself much about 
theological criticism, and so naturally versified his ideas according 
to the phase of doctrines then predominant among his fellow be- 
lievers. Nor is it unlikely that he may have afterward outgrown 
some of his early opinions. We are uncertain on this point. We 
have been privileged to examine and make extracts from a copy 
of his Hymn-Book, preserved in the "Library of the Universalist 
Historical Society" connected with Tufts College, and shall take 
the liberty of using all the space we dare to in presenting speci- 
mens o'f our poet's genius from that little volume, and from other 
printed effusions of a more miscellaneous and fugitive nature. 
Whether any other collection of his rhymes was ever made and 
jmblished, besides this Hymn Book, we are not sure, but we pre- 
sume not. Yet many others were printed in transient form, of 
which we have been furnished enough to serve as sami)les for this 
work. We will begin with n selection from his Hymns. 


1. Almighty God in beiug was, 
Before the world begun, 
And Wisdom, he dwelt with him there, 
And was his onl.y Son. 

3. Then God by wisdom spoke the word, 

xlnd l)id the world arise; 
The heav'ns olieyed their sov'reign Lord, 
And seas and earth and skies. 

8. Then gloomy darkness bore the sway, 
Till he created light ; 
He form'd the light, and called it da}^ 
And call'd the darkness night. 

4. He call'd the Avaters to their place, 

And gave the deep its bound; 
' The waters he i)ron(>nnced seas. 

And earth he nam'd the ground. 


5. Now let tlie verdant ^-rass arise, 

And herbs brin<? t'ortli tlieir seed, 
After his kind of every size: 
And so it was indeed. 

0. Now in the firnianKUit aiipears 

The li<i-hts which he hath "iven, 
For sio-ns and seasons, daj's and years. 
To us beneath th(» Heav'n. 

T. He made the sun to rule the day, 
Wliich gives the moon her light; 
H<^ made the moon and stars, and they 
Were made to rule the night. 

8. He formed every creeping thing. 
And fish of every size, 
And beast, and fowl of ev'ry wing. 
And every thing that flies. 

!». x\nd so God bless'd them all indeed. 
With innocence and food. 
And l)id each multiply his seed. 
For he pronounc'd them good. 

lu the II. Hymn he g-oes on alter the same fashion to describe 
the creation of Adam and Eve, according to the record of Genesis. 
Hymn III. sets forth their Fall. — 

1. Adam, and Eve his harmless dame. 

Dwelt in a paradise, at ease ; 
Until the sulitile serpent came. 

And liy seduction broke their peace. 

2. The fruit of which they were deny'd, 

Was pride and knowledge, sight and sense; 
He gave it them, they ate and dy'd. 
And lost the joys of innocence. 

i. All Ada) It's seed were in his loins; 

When he transgress'd, and were undone; 
To bring about the grand designs 
Of th(^ eternal three in one. 

4. Adam was plac'd in paradise. 

In his own strength, God left him there, 
• And he was soon o'ercome by vice; 

Wliich shows what feeble things we are. 

5. His num'roxis seed by union joined. 

To him, the head of all the earth; 
This fruit i)roduc'd a carnal mind, 
The which is e^imity and death. 


(*». The human woi-hl in Adam stood, 
And in him they wei'e all defiled; 
He lost communion with his God, 
And from sweet Fydcn was exiled. 

7. The Ohevnhims and flaming- sMovd, 

To o'uard the tree of life were set; 
This tree to none could life ati'ord, 
Till justice had its lawful debt. 

8. Adam, and all his num'rous host, 

Could not have heal'd the breach he made; 
But Christ appeared and paid the cost, > 

On whom the whole d(^mand was laid. 

Ill similar strain and diction Hymn IV. proclaims the Covenant 
of Grace between the Triune Persons, according' to which human 
redem]ition was to be consummated l\y Christ. — 

1. This noble act of ,a,race was done, 

By the coequal Trinity, 
Before creation was begun, 
And Christ became our surety. 

2. God he appointed Christ the Lamb, 

An head to all the human race ; 
' Thus he hy will and union came 

To stand in everj- sinner's place. 

8. Then God the Father he resi.ccns 

To Christ, his son, the num'rous host, 

That should px'oceed from Adam-'a loins, 

And says, ' dear son, let none be lost.' 

4. I give all things into thy hands, 
Thy care is o'er a vast extense; 
My sons shall break my jiist commands. 
And thou must bear the whole expense. 

•1. Thou must a human body take 
To satisfy my injured laws; 
And of thy soul an off'ring make. 
And suffer death upon the cross. 

(). But thou shalt rise again, my son. 

And reign o'er lu^av'n and earth and seas. 
And cv'ry knee shall V)ow to thee. 

And ev'ry tongue proclaim thy praise. 


The glorious son agreed to this. 
For well he loved the famous i )lan ; 

He left the heavenly hills of bliss, 
And dy'd and rose for every man. 


The whole collectiou contains one hundred and fifty hynnis, and 
some twenty versitied Psahus of David. They exhibit a hirge 
variety of doctrinal, argumentative, controversial and devotional 
matter, — often homely and connnonplace, with poor rhythm and 
accent, yet nearly all containing- more or less poetic Hashes of 
genius. In estimating the merits and demerits of such a man's 
compositions, we must not try them by high literary and classical 
standards, but remember their rough and humble origin. As we 
have already stated, Silas Ballou' Avas mainly self-educated under 
many disadvantages, and had little time amid manual pursuits to 
polish his productions. We propose to add a few brief specimens, 
extracted here and there from his hymns, and then several others 
from his miscellaneous effusions. 

Glory to God wlio reigns ou liigli; 

Salvation to the reigning Lamb, 
At whose coinmand liis angels fly, 

And everlasting peace proclaim. 

The wilderness shall hear the voice; 

The needy they shall find repose ; 
The desert lands shall leap for Joy, 

And 1 )ud and blossom like the rose. 

High on a throne forever crtjwn'd 
Jesus our constant lover reigns; 

His love extends the globe around, 
And everlastingly remains. 

The raging seas may cease to roar; 

The earth and skies may all remove; 
The sun may set and rise no more ; 

But Christ can never cease to hjve. 

True faith it is a precious grace; 

Good God, it is a gift of thine; 
It serves to view thy lovely face. 

And to converse Avith things divine. 

This is a faith that works by love ; 

A faith that purifies the heart; 
It bids our slavish fears remove, 

And every doubtful thought depart. 

See the proud Pharisees conspire, 
With zeal and selfish might; 

See how they labor, sweat and tire, 
To make one proselyte. 

Hymn 12. 

Hymn 13. 

Hymn 48. 


When thej^ iiroiiounce liiiii liuislied well, 
Each part completely fair; 

He's twice as much the child of hell 
As his converters are. 

They wash the outside white and clean, 
But never cleanse the heart; 

Nor yield him peace, nor love within; 
For that's beyond their art. 

Ye shall be try'd by heav'idy tire, 

And ye must suffer loss; 
Yourselves l)e sav'd, your works expire, 

And ye be cleansed from dross. 

'Tis God that brings the haughty low, 
He doth the proud abase; 

'Tis he that makes the sinner know 
The evil of his ways. 

'Tis God that forms the mind anew, 

By his creating word; 
'Tis he that gives us eyes to view 

The mercies of the Lord. 

'Tis God that draws onr hearts along, 
With his inviting voice; 

'Tis he that makes the feeble strong. 
And mourners to rejoice. 


Hymn 01). 

Hvmn ill. 


^^ History of the Ainerican lievolutionai'y Wat- toith Great Brit- 
ain" This was printed and bears date " Riclimond, N, H., 1815." 
It consists of tAventy-one ei,oIit-line stanzas, written in an easy off- 
hand diction. The foUowino- are extracts. — 

Old England, forty years ago, 
Wlien we were yoixng and slender. 
Conspired to give a mortal blow, 
But God was our defender; 
Jehovah saw her horrid plan — 
Great Washington lie gave us — 
His holiness inspired the man 
With jiower and skill to save us. 

She sent her fleets and armies o'er 
To ravage, kill and plunder; 
Our heroes met them on the shore. 
And beat them back with thunder. 


Our iudepeudence tliey coufessed, 
And with their hands they signed it, 
But on their hearts 'twas ne'er impressed — 
For there I ne'er conld find it. 

And since that time they have been still 

Our lilierties invading', 

Wu bore it, and forebore, until 

Forbearance was degrading: 

Regardless of our saihn-'s right, 

Impressed our native seamen. 

Made them against their country tight, 

And thus enslaved our freemen. 

Great Madison besought the foe — 
He mildly did implore them — 
To let the suffering captives go, 
But he would not restore them. 
Our commerce too they did invade. 
Our ships they searched and seized. 
Declaring also, we should trade 
With none but whom they i)leased. 

He then ^oea over tlie leadina: liistoric achievements of the 
second war with Eng-hind, and closes thus. — 

" NoAV in ourselves we can confide, 
Abroad we are respected, 
We've checked the rage of British pride. 
Their haughtiness corrected; 
First to the God of boundless power 
Be thanks and adorati(jn. 
Next Madison, the wondrous flower 
And jewel of our nation. 

Next Congress does our thanks demand, 

T(j them our thanks we tender ; 

Our hercjes next l)y sea and land, 

To them our thaidvs Ave render. 

Let us be .just, in union live — 

Then who will dare invade usV 

If any should, our God will give 

His angels charge to aid us." 

He was no non-resistant, nor dissentinsf Federahst, bnt an 
nnconiproniisiug' war-party Repubhcan of that day. And snch 
Yaidiee rhymes as these were hugely popular with the multitude 
of his burly compatriots. 





This production comprises eleven stanzas, each of eiglit long 
Hnes having' ten to twelve syllables. It is on the plane of heroic 
verse and spirit, with brag' enough in it to suit the market. Our 
space permits the insertion of a minor portion. 

Ye tars of Columbia, give ear to my story, 

AVlio fouglit with brave Perry wliere cannon did roar, 

Your valor has gained yoxi an immortal glory — 

A fame that will last till time is no more. 

Columbia's tars are the true sons of Mars, 

They rake fore and aft when they tight on the deep. 

On the bed of Lake Erie, commanded by Perry, 

They caused many Britons to take their last sleep. 

Then follows a tearing- description of the battle — in measure, 
accent and rhyme not altogether faultless, but suited to the oc- 
casion, and to tlie taste of martial patriots, who can sing- Avith 
equal rapture of brotherly love in theory and fraternal slaughter 
in practice ! 

The Lawrence sustained a most dreadful tire ; 
She fought three to one for two glasses or more, 
While Perry undaunted did firmly stand by her, 
And the proud foes heavy broad-sides did pour; 
Her masts Ijeing shattered, her rigging all tattered, 
Her booms and her yards being all shot away. 
And few men on deck to manage the wreck, 
Our hero on board no longer could stay. 


There's one gallant act of our noble connnander 
While writing my song I must notice with pride; 
While launch'd in a boat that carried his standard, 
A l)all whistled through her just close by his side; 
Says Perry — 'Those villains intend for to drown us, 
But push on, my l)rave boys, you need never fear,' 
And then with his coat he plugged u]) the boat, 
Through sulphur and fire away he did steer. 

His muse soon brings the bloody conflict to a crisis through 
the united bravery and skill of Perry and Elliot. 

O had you l)ut seen those noble commanders 
Embracing each other when the conflict was o'er, 
And viewing those invincible standards 
That lu^ver had yielded to any before! 


Says Perry, 'l)rave Elliot, conif j^ive mo your hand, Sir. 
This day yon have gained an immortal renown. 
So louy- as Colnmhians Lake Erie command. Sir, 
L(^t ]>rave Captain Elliot with laurels he crowned. 

Great Britain may boast of her conciuering heroes — 

Her R(Hhie3-s, her Nelsons and all their hold crews, 

But Rome in her glory ne'er told such a story, 

Nor boasted such feats as Columbians do : 

The whole British fleet was captured complete — 

Not one single vessel from us got away 

And pris'uers some hundreds, Columbians wondered 

To see them all anchored and moored in our bay. 

"We have room for only two more of a different kind. 


Relating- to a disconsolate friend's lamentable bereavement of 
liis betrothed bride, whose name was Pliebe ■. 

'Twas in the pleasant month of Maj', 
Aliout the (hiwniug of the da}-, 
I heard a young man say, 
I've lost my dearest jewel ! 

Sweet Phebe was my true love's name, 
Her beauty did my heart inflame, 
Nor cauld I hud so fair a dame. 
To search the world all over. 

I and my true love did agree. 
That we would surely married be, 
As soon as I return 'd from sea, 
And seal the solemn bargain. 

But Oh ! when I return'd again, 
Death had my sweet companion slain, 
The pride and glory of the Plain — 
In the cold grave mould'ring. 


I am forsaken and forlorn, 

I wish I never had been born ! 

cruel, cruel, was the morn 
That brought such woful tidings. 

1 am undone ! what shall I do ? 

I'll range the earth and ocean through; 
I'll dress in some forsaken hue. 
And spend ray daj's in mourning. 




Oil, what makes yoii .shiver and .shake, Gaffer Gay '? 

And what makes your nose look so hlne ? 
' Oh, the weather is cold, and I've grown very old, 

And my doublet is not very new — well a day. ' 
Then line thine old doublet with ale, Gaffer Gay, 

And cheer thine old heart A^■ith a glass ; 
' Oh, of credit I've none, and mj' money's all gone; 
Then say how shall this come to pass — well a daj' '?' 

Then hie to the house on the hill, Gati'er day, 

Well fenc'd both in rear and in front; 
' Oh, he'll double his locks, and threaten the stocks, 
If a poor man approaches in want — well a day.' 

The 's(iuire has fat beef and brown ale. Gaffer Gay, 

And the season will welcome you there; 
' Oh, his l)eef and his l)eer, and his merry good cheer, 
Are all for the young and the fair — well a day.' 

Mj- property's small, I confess. Gaffer Gaj", 

But whih' it does last, man shall live; 
' Oh, it's the poor man alone who hears the poor moan, 
And a mite of his morsel Avill give — well a day.' 

Many of these war-souo-s and ballads were adapted to familiar 
old tunes, and sung" to great admiration, in social gatlierino's 
tlirougliout tlie general reg'ion where the author was known. 

Haying used all the space allowable, and perhaps too much, I 
must refrain from further extracts. I have not given the foregoing 
sam])les for the Literati, and do not ask their i^ardon, but for the 
gratitication of our common minded Ballous, and especially of 
those more or less nearly related to Silas", who approve of such 
a commemoration of his genius. He d. in Richmond, N. H., FeV). 
10, 1837, a. all but 84 yrs. Mrs. Hannah, his widow, soon followed 
him. She d. May 27, 1887, a. 81 yrs. 8 mos. and 5 ds. 

[21(5.] Susanna Ballou", James', James', James"', Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 1(5, 1755 ; m. Nathan IhirknesH, son 
of Adam Harkness, b. in Smithtield, E. I., Dec. 4, 1745 ; cer. in 
Richmond, N. H., June 4, 1775. Issue, all b. in said Richmond. — 

921—1. James Harkness, b. Nov. 4, 1775; m. Sarah Farnum May 81, 1797. 

932—2. Elijah Harkness, 1). Sept. 15, '77; m. Martha Bassett 1808. 

923—3. Sarah Harkness, li. Sept. 30, '79; m. Artemas Bassett Mar. 28, 1805. 

924—4. George Harkness, I). Jan. 7, '82; m. Betsey Southwick 1805. 


!)2.')— r,. Oliod Harkness, b. Fel). Ui, 1784; ni. wid. Ruth Randall Jan. 9, 1853. 

!)2(i— G. Susanna Harkness, b. Mar. 24, '86; m. Daniel Bassett 1810. 

1)37—7. Elislia Harkness, b. Jan. 7, '89; m. Lucy Twitclu>ll. 

1)2.S— 8. Aaron Harkness, b. Oct. 14, 'i)l; m. Pliel)e Bennett. 

!)3!)— 9. Meril)ali Harkness, b. Mar. 12, '96; m. Asa Chase. 

Susaima" was tlio 2(1 vrde of Nathan Harkness. He m. ]iis 1st 
in Smitlitield, E. I. -She was Hannah Buftnni, dr. of Joseph Biif- 
funi, and became the mother of three chu., viz. John, Nathan and 
Cynthia. She d. Nov. 15, 1773. So Nathan Harkness, Sen., Avas 
the father of 14 chn. No biog-raphical reminiscences of husband, 
wives or children have lieen accorded to ns ; but we have o-ood 
reasons for beheving the whole family to have been truly worthy, 
intelligent and respectable people of the yeoman class. He d. in 
Sept. 1822. Mrs. Susanna' d. Nov. 26, 1834. 

[217.] OziEL Ballou", James', James', James'"', Maturiu'; b. in 
Cund)erland, R. I., July 11, 1757; m. Hannah UohhiHon of Attle- 
boro', Mass., dr. of Elijah and Sarah (Smith) Robinson, I). Dec. 
24, 1760, to '65; cer. Dec. 7, 1790. Issue, all b. in Richmond, 
N. H.— 

Oziel, b. June (i, 1794; d. n. m. Fel). 2, 1818. 

Ebenezer, b. Aug". 20, '9(!; m. Mary Boyce Dec. 81, 1815. 

Taniasin, b. Apl. 19, '99; m. Joseph Davis, Royalston, Mass. 

Esek, 1). Aug-. 38, 1808; d. u. m. Apl. 39, 1858. 

James, b. Dec. 80, '10; d. u. m. Oct. 14, 1834. 

Russell Whipple, with whom, in his old a^-e, Mr. Peck had 
much valuable correspondence relating to the Ballous of Rich- 
mond, N. H., and whose mother was Olive (Ballon) Whipple, 
already noticed, characterized his uncle Oziel thus. — "Uncle Oziel 
Ballon hved with his father till his father's death. He was al- 
ways a home child, and liked home when a man. He was a 
farmer — had Init little education — took delight in raising stock — 
was prudent, economical, and would see that every cent was saved. 
He was very anxious that his children slnnild be Avell educated, 
and three of them were school teachers. He owned a large lot of 
landed property, and was worth considerable." 

Mrs. Hannah (Robinson) Ballon d. on the ])atrimouial home- 
stead in Richmond, N. H., Oct. (i, 181 S. Oziel' d. June 23, 1838, 
aged almost 81 yrs. 

[218.] Tamasin Ballou", James', James', James', Matimn'; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., June 29, 1759 ; m. Dr. Ehenezer Swan, from 
Attleborough, Mass., 1776, whose parentage, birth-date, &c., have 











Dot been ascertained ; cer. Feb. 15, 1778. Issue, all understood to 
have been b. in Eichmond, N. H., as also one other unnamed in- 

935—1. Ehenezer Swan, Jr., h. July li), 1779; m. Esther Mann Sept. !(>, 1798. 

9m— 2. Eobert Swan, h. Nov. 29, '81 ; m. Elizabeth Saljin. 

937—3. James Swan, h. A\A. 8, '85; d. young. 

938—4. Tamasin Swan, b. Dec. 2, '87; m. Jonathan Cass 1804. 

939—5. Mary Swan, b. Sept. 9, '88; m. Jonathan Walker Aug. 8, 1814. 

940—6. Lois Swan, b. June 6, '92; m. Ellis Thayer Jan. 20, 1811. 

941—7. Nancy" Swan, 1). Feb. 20, '95; m. Abner Barden June 4, 1823. 

942—8. Hannah Swan, I). Feb. '97; m. Stephen Bnftum. 

943—9. BaUou Swan, b. Nov. 20, '99; m. Lucy Buffum 1818. 

We sought a g'reat deal more biographical information concern- 
ing Tamasin" and her husband than we obtained. The most we 
have learned is that she was the handsomest maiden in Richmond, 
rather small in stature, with sparkling black eyes, hvely intellect, 
prepossessing manners, and had many admirers ; that after mar- 
riage she often accompanied the Dr. on his visits among his pa- 
tients, riding on horseback behind him in the old fashioned pillion 
style ; always welcomed ; that the Dr. himself soon rose from an 
humble l)eginning into reputable professional distinction in his 
general vicinage, established a comfortalile home for himself and 
family, and made life a success. From the little that has been 
communicated to us, we cannot doubt that Dr. Swan, his Avife and 
family deservedly held a prominent rank in society. He. d in 
Richmond Mar. 18, 1820, in his 79th yr. Mrs. Tamasin d. there 
Jan. 81, 1842, in her 83d yr. 

[219.] James Ballou", James', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., A^)!. 25, 17()1 ; m. Melietahel Ingalh, dr. of 
Henry Ingalls, Esq., of Richmond, N. H., b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
July 21, 1704; cer. in Richmond Nov. 5, 1786, by the bride's father, 
Henry Ingalls, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Richmond. — 

944—1. James, b. Mar. 15, 1788; d. July 19, 1789. 

945—2. James, 1). Oct. 15, '94; m. Kebecca Ellis Oct. 1815. 

94(5—3. Henry, b. Sept. (5, '90; m. Phoebe Tanner Mar. 20, 1823. 

947—4. Mehetabel| . b. Mar. 15, '99; m. Abram Ingalls 1815. 

948—5. Eufus ) *^^"^^^' b. Mar. 15, '99; d. Apl. 15, 1799. 

949—6. Elizabeth, 1). Sept. 21, 1801; m. Abram Garfield Feb. 1820. 

950—7. Alpha, b. May 19, 1806; m. Amos Boyntou 1826. 

James Ballou'' was a man of rare and peculiar abilities. He 
was uncommonly well educated, though chielly by self-tuition, 
was a successful teacher of youth in early manhood, after marriage 


settled near his I'tither on one of his gift-farms, in the southwest- 
erly section of Eichmond, but later removed nearer the centre of 
the town, and engag-ed in merchandise. Russell AVliipple, his 
nephew, in one of his letters to Mr. Peck, said.^ — " Uncle James 
Ballou was a man well educated, and a school-teacher for several 
years. He lived and died respected, and had not an enemy in the 
world. In regard to Fortune-telling-, he had a peculiar gift from 
a child. He was what is termed clairvoyant. In some instances 
he astonished learned men hy foretelling- future events." It was 
in this role of Fortune-teller that he won his chief distinction. 
How far his natural gift of clairvoyance extended, we have never 
been satisfactorily informed, — probably far enough to foi'm the 
basis of his professional fame ; for he was long" the oracle of con- 
sultation to thousands scattered over an area of between fifty and 
one hundred miles in diameter ; made up of romantic youth who 
longed to peer into their future marriag-e relations or w^orldly 
luck, and of older people who had lost property by thieves or 
some strange mishap, — in fine, of a multitude greedy from various 
causes for marvelous revelations. To his original faculties he 
added a considerable knowledge of Astrology from books, and 
indeed used to say to his confidential friends, that this science 
and its mathematical deductions were his most reliable resources 
in working out problems. He was well skilled in mathematics 
generally. Besides all this, he Avas a quick reader of human 
nature, and knew how to adapt himself readily to all sorts of 
people, characters and cases. He was at once a shrewd, genial 
and amial)le man, and did not scruple to put in guess-work, mysti- 
fication and cunning devices, when he could do so to advantage 
without harming his customers. Many of them were doulitless 
ignorant, credulous and superstitious. With such he played off 
appearances and some harmless tricks. He had his conjurer's 
robe, wand and hieroglyphics, masks and hocus-pocus — astonish- 
ing some, amusing others, and striking the more susceptible with 
awful emotions. But being really benevolent and kind hearted, 
he was careful to Avrong no one. Nor does he appear to have 
much enriched himself by his profession. He kept open doors 
for the entertainment of his clients from abroad — a sort of public 
house, with a staljle for their horses, a bar of choice liquors, a 
good table for refreshment, and respectable lodgings ; but was 
generaily moderate in all his charges. He got his sobriquet of 
"Conjurer" among the multitude probably from his paraphernalia 
and mj'^stical ceremonies ; many supposing him to be a great mas- 


ter of the " Black Art," witli power even to " raise and lay tlie 
Devil " at discretion ; all wliicli w/is mere parade and sham. He 
used to visit his Rhode Island consins, of whom the writer's 
father was one, and to amuse their families with laughable stories 
of his professional exploits and experiences. The writer was then 
too young to have personal remembrance of him or his stories, 
but has often heard his mother repeat the substance of several. 
Among them are the following. — " One day," said the Astrologer, 
" a queer looking maiden lady rode into our open door-yard on a 
little dappled mare. On dismounting and delivering her pony for 
stable care, she told me she had come forty miles to consult the 
great Fortune-teller on an important matter ; Init that her stay 
must be short, and she must return as soon as possible. She 
therefore wished an immediate private consultation. I inferred 
from the urgency of her manner that some murder, robbery or 
theft had been committed at her home, or that some valuable 
article of property had been lost. On seating her in my recep- 
tion room, she looked furtively around, and inquired if that was 
my most private apartment. I took her into one more retired 
and less exposed to intrusion or overhearing. And now came 
out, in an anxious, half-supi)ressed tone, her momentous errand. 
' Shall I ever l)e married '?' I concealed my astonishment, glanced 
inoffensively at her uncouth physiognomy, and felt that it was a 
hard case. For nature had knocked her forehead one way and 
her chin the other, set her blear eyes askew, twisted her sharp 
nose badly, and given her lank face a skin as brown as a dried 
shad. Well, what was to be done ? I went through my customary 
formulas, and ciphered out her destiny as quickly as possible. I 
gave her as hopeful a forecast as the nature of the case permitted, 
and sent her off with the most comfortable assurances my inge- 
nuity could deduce. I never heard from the fair maiden again." 
This was told with such sarcastic gravity, such lurking twinkles of 
fun, and such ineftal)le airs of drollery, that all ])resent Avere con- 
vulsed with laughter. 

But this was nothing to another, narrating one of his grim 
farces at " raising the Devil." Early one forenoon a large coach- 
load of dashing young fellows, mostly from Boston, arrived at 
the Astrologer's residence. They were ranging through the up 
country regions with their coach and four, to air themselves, dis- 
cover rare sights, hunt up pleasure, and have a grand gooel time. 
They had heard marvellous things of Ballon, the famous con- 
jurer, and come somewhat out of their Avay to test his prowess. 


Tliey were full of money, aud ordered for themselves and horses 
the best fare that could be afforded. They were served accord- 
ingly. Their hair-brained mirth and dare-devil impudence taxed 
the patience and wit of their host rather severely ; for they smashed 
furniture, hurled tumblers through windows, and were bent on a 
costly fi'olick — significantly slapping their pocket books, and giv- 
ing the conjurer to understand that they should make good all 
damages. Meantime he was planning how to sober them before 
they left. The Avhole day, excepting those portions consumed in 
luscious refreshment, was spent in horoscopic evolutions and rev- 
elations, until, one by one, all had had their fortimes told. The 
sun was near its setting, bills were lavishly paid, and their coach 
horses harnessed for departure, when suddenly one of the com- 
pany cried out, "There now, we have forgotten one thing we 
agreed on, which was to have Ballou raise the Devil. Damn it, 
we can't go till we have seen thatr Whereupon all joined in a 
vociferous demand, " Mr. Ballou, you must raise the Devil for us 
before we leave." The Magician's countenanc.e instantly assumed 
an aspect of frowning awe which cowered his roystering rowdies 
at once into civility. His hour had come fc)r revenge. ^" Young 
g-entlemen," said he, in a solemn tone, " you known not what you 
ask; it is an awful thing! You would not be able to endure the 
sight!" "O yes we can," responded several faltering voices. 
"AVell then, will you conform to requisite conditions, be seated 
and not utter a word during my incantations?" They nodded 
assent. He tipped a sly wink to his brother Russell Ballou, who 
acted as his accomplice in such cases, seated his expectants in a 
semi-circle around the outside of the room, and arrayed himself 
in his magical attire, covered with divers wondrous hieroglyphics. 
Then A\dth his stately white and black wand, fitted with chalk at 
one end and charcoal at the other, he drew a black and white 
circle several feet in diameter, on which were denoted the twelve 
signs of the zodiac. Then, with a most awful gravity, he touched 
sign after sign, and pronounced the incomprehensible jargon of 
his hocus-pocus. The latent superstition of his auditors was now 
fully aroused, and some of them were already pale. " The charm 
works," said he, "I shall succeed in a moment. You will pres- 
ently hear his signal overhead, and note the strange sound of his 
cloven-foot, with uneven step descending the stairway. Prepare 
yourselves ; and if his appearance should prove too horrible for 
endurance, some one of you call out for me to ' lay ' him, and I 
will do it. I can do it only on your urgent demand." The arch 


fiend's signal was immediately heard, and the indescribable thum/)- 
a-thmiip of his cloven-hoof soon followed, to the evident terror of 
the now snbdned metropolitans. His Satanic majesty was rig-o-ed 
in all the monstrous paraphernalia of a mighty goblin. Such a 
face, month, eyes, horns, &c., might have done honor to the neth- 
ermost internals. He reached, ^xii\\ fearful tread, the lower entry, 
and the door creaked on its hinges. Slowly it opened, and Diabo- 
lus revealed his horrid form. The}^ all recoiled with a shudder, 
and before he had fairly entered they had seen enough. All but 
one of the i^arty seemed paralyzed, and he cried out aghast, "Lay 
him! Lay him!" No sooner said than done. The Magician 
waved his potent wand, and the spectre was gone. Mr. Ballon, 
wdio had given this stoiy in his own graphic style, closed it thus. 
— " Those saucy fellows were thoroughly sobered. Not another 
impertinent word came out of their mouths. They begged to be 
allowed to remain with me and under my protection till morning. 
Their horses were unharnessed and re-stabled for the night. They 
were shown to their, lodgings, and a stiller house for one night I 
never had. They rose with the sun next morning-, paid their bills 
handsomely, and polit«^ly left me with all the deference due to one 
who had at his command the powei-s of darkness." 

He had an inexhaustible fund of tales and anecdotes to repeat, 
w^as social and humorsome, dehghted to amuse his friends with 
his narrations, and would laugh them off in a certain refined way 
without noise, by shaking his partially cori)ulent sides, amid the 
general mirth of his auditors. 

The most remarkable of his astrological predictions was that of 
his own death. We have it, on several concurrent and reliable 
testimonies, that he actuallj^ did this to the very day. On the 
morning of the predicted day he was in his usual health. His 
men w^ere preparing the greensward of a certain field for ploAving, 
by digging and dragging off' several large stones. He shouldered 
his plowshare, after breakfast, and walked to a neighboring black- 
smith shop to get it sharpened. The blacksmith was familiar Avith 
him, and also with the prediction of his death. He had hardly 
laid down the plowshare, with his request to have it sharpened, 
when his blacksmith friend said to him, "How is this, Mr. Ballon? 
I thought this was to be the day of your death." " So my repeated 
calculations uniformly resulted," answered the Astrologer. " They 
have proved correct in most cases. lint I never felt better than 
to-day, and really hope I have made some mistake in my figur- 
ings." He went home with his sharpened plowshare, and out 


into the tield where his dihycnit eiii])loyees were huuliii^' oti' stones. 
One heavier than the rest batiled tlieir (efforts to turn it over on to 
the drag". On the spur of the moment he joined in the hard hft to 
load it, but burst a bh^od-vessel, bhid profusel}^, was conveyed to 
liis 1)(m1, and died before night! 

He had large vieAvs of God and human destiny, and had no 
fears of his disposal in the g-reat hereafter. He did not live to be 
old, but ended his mortal career in the ripeness of middle age — 
having but just passed his 47tli birthday. His last years seem to 
have been clouded with j)ecuniary adversity. He went into mer- 
cantile partnership with his cousin, Mr. James Cc^ok, under the 
iirm name of "Cook & Ballou," near Richmond centre. Trade 
was not in the line of his mission. They failed, not far from 1804. 
He did his utmost to settle honorably with his creditors, but could 
not overcome the entail of embarrassments. He d. A.\A. 80, 1808, 
and his widow, who settled his estate, was al)le to pay only about 
20 per ct. pf the claims agfainst the same. But no one breathed 
reproach, or aught but respect for his memory, and sympathy 
Avitli his family. In 1810 the widow, with her five surviving clin., 
removed to Worcester, Otseg-o Co., N. Y., where they resided Tintil 
the autumn of 1814. They then removed to Peny, Muskingum 
Co., Ohio, and settled. There Mrs. Mehetabel, the widowed wife 
and mother, d. Dec. 4, 1821. She is said to have been eminently 
worthy of her relationship to her departed husband. 

[220.] EussELL Ballou", James', James", James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, B. I., July 11, 1763; m. Henrietta Alilrieh, dr. of 
Jonathan and Patience Aldrich of said Cumberland, b. Aug. 20, 
17G4 ; cer. Feb.* 23, 1783, by John Dexter, J. P. Issue, all imder- 
stood to have been b. in Eichmond, N. H. — 

951—1. Betsey, h. Oct. 6, 1783; m. Royal Blanding Nov. 18, 1802. 

952—2. Amey, b. Oct. 27, '85; m. Stephen Parks. 

953—3. Nicena, b. Mar. 6, 1788; m. Abel Bliss about 1800. 

954—4. As(inire, b. May 8, '92; m. Arathusa Maynard May 29, 181G. 

955—5. Russell, b. Sept. 9, '94; m. Lucy D. Norton Jan. 29, 1823. 

956—6. Luther, b. Sept. 7, '97; m. Clarissa Davis Dec. 8, 1818. 

957—7. Priseilla, b. June 25, 1800; d. u. m. May 8, 1814. 

958—8. Olive, b. Aug. 29, '03; m. Jacob Boyee 1839. 
One son named Russell d. in early infancy. 

Bussell Ballou'", was a hale, indTistrious, energ'etic farmer. He 
first settled on a i)art of the tract originally purchased by his 
father, between the homesteads of his bros., 8etli and Daniel, 
about half a mile southerly from the paternal residence. We uu- 


derstand him to liave purchased a more ehoil)le farm in Royal- 
ston, Mass., and to have removed thitlier not far from 1804. There 
he remained, a successful husbandman until some years niter the 
decease of Mrs. Henrietta, his 1st wife, which took place June 8, 
1827, a. 63 yrs. He m. 2d Mrs. Beebe Mellen of Swanzey, N. H., 
wid. of Joel Mellen ; cer. Apl. IG, 1829, by Elijah Belding, J. P. 
His clin, were now all g-rown up and married. As his 2d wife had 
a considerable farm to be manag'ed, he concluded to take up his 
abode with her and superintend the same. Meantime he seems 
to have partially arranged his affairs in relation to his children, 
and settled his son Luther on the Royalston estate. Russell' and 
all his family sustained a highly respectable moral and social 
standing. He lived to a good old age, and was remarkably vigor- 
ous almost to the last. At fourscore he could i)ut his foot in the 
stirrup and mount his horse for a ride with nearly the agility of 
early manhood. He d. in Swanzey, N. H., Nov. 10, 1847, aged 84 
yrs. 8 mos. and 29 days. His wid. d. in 1854. 

[221.] Aaron Ballou", James', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, B. I., Sept. 25, 1766; m. Catherine BoiDe)i, dr. of 
Thomas and Penelope (Aldrich) Bowen ; b. in Richmond, N. H., 
Jan. 28, 1770; cer. Sept. 8, 1786. Issue,— understood to have 
been b. in Richmond, N. H. 

95!) —1. Olive, !>. June 19, 1787; in. Eli Fletelier. 

960 —2. Esther, b. Dee. 23, '88; m. Benjamin Bemis. 

961 -3. Mary, 1). Sept. 80, '91; m. Brioliam Pike. 

963 —4. Otis, 1). Aug. 35, '93; m. Betsey Joslin July 3, 1816. 

963 —5. Aaron, 1). May 10, '95; m. Elexia Sawyer Feb. 29, 1819. 

964 —6. Ira, b. Feb. 38, '97; m. Mary Jane Hayden Ang. 7, 1834. 

965 —7. Catherine, b. Mar. 30, '99; m. 1st Isaac Kimball, 2d Brigham Pike. 

966 —8. Lovisa, b. Apl. 19, 1801; m. Galen Brown. 
9665 — 9. Elizabeth, b. not given; m. K<'nl)en Pike. 

Aaron Balloii" settled awhile on a farm near his father in Rich- 
mond, N. H., prob. a paternal gift wholly or in part. There all 
his chn. were !>., as we have understood— though we are not quite 
certain about one or two of the youngest. As nearly as we can 
judge fi'om certain documents, he sold out his homestead in the 
Spring of 1801, and removed to Grafton Co., N. H., to a toA^Tl then 
called Concord, l)ut afterwards Lisbon, its present name. He 
there engaged in merchandize for several years. The only charac- 
terization of Aaron" that has reached us came fi'om Russell Whip- 
ple, his nei)liew, to Mr. Peck, in 1873. He wrote briefly thus. — 
"Uncle Aaron Ballou was a lively, cheerful man, very well dis- 


posed." This scanty morsel indicates that much has gone down 
to obhvion Avhich might have done honor to his» memory. We 
will ]n-esume that both he and his wife deserved a reputable 
record. He d. in 1S07. Mrs. Catherine afterward m. success- 
ively Henry Gale and John Bley. Her death-date is unknown to 

[222.] Daniel Bax,lou', James', -Tames", James", Maturin'; b. 
in Cumberland, E. I., May 26, 1768; m. Mary Ilix, dr. of Ephraim 
Hix of Richmond, N. H. ; cer. Apl. 8, 1787. Issue, all understood 
to have been b. in Richmond, N. H. — 

967—1. Mary, b. May 3, 1791; m. Eliphalet Hix An"-. 1811. 

908—2. Eoyal, h. Aug. 7, '92; m. Polly Hix about 1811. 

9(i9— 3. Dauiel, b. Feb. 11, '95; d. n. m. Nov. 1813, a<?e(l 18 jts. 

970—4. Dennis, b. Dee. 16, '97; m. Hannah Grossman Feb. 24, 1820. 

971—5. Nalium, b. June, ISOO; m. Anna Plielps Sept. 1821. 

972—6. Hosea, b. Jnly (?, 1802; m. Lorinda Barnes Feb. 1829. 

973—7. Zimri, b. Feb. 6, 1805; m. 1st Elnora Smith, 2(1 Phebe Wardwell. 

Daniel Ballon' had his homestead in the Ballou row of farms, 
Richmond, N. H., lietweeu those of his brothers James and Rus- 
sell. There he and his family continued to dwell till after the 
birth of his youngest son. He then sold out, and in 1806 emi- 
grated to Solon, now Truxton, Cortland Co., N. Y. But he had 
hardly settled on his new home there, when the death-angel sum- 
moned him to the world of spirits. He d. Dec. 1806, in the 39tli 
year of his age, — leaving his wife and young elm. to bear their 
sorrows and burdens as best divine providence might order. Mrs. 
Mary survived her husband many years, and died with her son 
Dennis Ballou in Plymouth, Chenango Co., N. Y., Aug. 10, 1847, 
aged about 76 yrs. They are understood to have been worthy 
people. Russell Whipple said of him : — " Uncle Daniel was a 
stout, robust man. He delighted in hunting, and the bark of the 
hounds was music for him." Such are the dilierent proclivities 
and tastes which distinguish members of the same family. 

[223.] Phiscilla Ballou', James', James", James", Maturin'; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 3, 1772 ; m. Nathaniel Bullock of 
Royalston, Mass. ; cer. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 28, 1790.^ Issue, 
b. in said Royalston. — 

974 — 1. Esther BnUoek, b. 1791; d. at an untold aye, u. m. 
975—2. Nathaniel Bullock, Jr., b. Feb. 24, '93; m. Lovina Ballou Nov. 10, 


We have taken iiiisiiccesstul pains to master the desirable par- 
ticulars of tliii* family honseliold. Several persons liearing the 
name Bullock were early emigrants from Kehoboth to Eoyalston, 
Mass., and m. wives there, and in Richmond, N. H., closely adja- 
cent. There were afterward frequent marriages across the town 
lines, some of which were l)etween Bullocks and Ballous, and 
persons of both these names inhabited the two towns. It seemed 
neecilessly expensive to trace Nathaniel Bullock's pedigree exactly, 
and we gave it up. Priscilla Ballon" was the youngest child of 
her parents. She was of a delicate constitution, amiable manners, 
and worthy character. The strain of wifehood and maternity soon 
terminated her earthly career, and she d. soon after the birth of 
Nathaniel, Jr., Mar. 10, 1793, a. 21 yrs. 2 mos. and 7 ds. The sub- 
sequent history of her husband has not been reported to us. 

1 224.] Silence Ballou', Elisha', James', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, E-. I., Mar. 20, 1750; m. I.srd.el ]VllI''nison" of 
Smithfield, B. I., (Israel, Samuel, Samuel, Lawrence,) b. Mar. 10, 
1741 ; cer. Feb. 14, 1772, by Caleb Aldrich, J. P. Issue, b. in said 

Abigail Wilkinson, b. June 27, 1773; d. n. ni. May 3, 1845. 

A son, b. Mar. 13, '75; d. at birtli. 

Mary Wilkinson, b. Jan. 12, '7(); m. 1st Amasa Cook, 2d Jesse 

A sou, b. Nov. ly, '77; d. at birth. 

Martha Wilkinson, b. Oct. 24, '80; m. Heman Sherman 1809. 
A daughter, b. Oct. 16, '83; d. at birth. 

James Wilkinson, b. Mar. 2, '86; m. Vienna Sheldon June 10, 1810. 
Israel Wilkinson, b. Mar. 23, '89; m. Abig-ail Carpenter Dec. 10, 
981—9. Silence Wilkinson, b. Apl. 38, 91; m. Solomon B. Jndd. 

Silence' and her husband were of the yeomanry, and held re^v 
utable rank for intelligence, executive competency in the attairs of 
life, and g-eneral moral rectitude. He was a birthright Friend, 
but lost his membership by marrying out of the Society and re- 
fusing- to acknowledge sorrow for it. Yet he always used plain 
dress and speech, and regularly attended Friends' meeting. They 
dwelt on the old paternal homestead in Smithfield, a short distance 
southwest from the now village of Manville. Mrs. Silence d. there 
Oct. 8, 1805, a. 55 yrs. fi mos. and (5 ds. He d. Sept. 13, 1818. 

[225.] PHEI5E Ballou', Elisha', James', James"', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, E. L, Jan. 19, 1752, O. S. ; m. Col. George Peck of said 















Ciimberlaiul, Itut tlieu of the British Provinces, and later of Lu- 
bec, Me. This nige. was not altogether creditable to the parties, 
or ag-reeable to their res]5ective family relatives ; he having- for- 
saken his former wife, and consummating this match clandestinely 
in foreign parts. We enter not into judgment, and only regret 
the occurrence. Issue. — 

983 — 1. John Peek, 1). not given; d. yonng. 

988—2. Henry Peck, b. " 

984—3. George Peck, b. " 

985 — 4. Clarissa Peck, b. " m. Capt. Henry Young, New Brunswick. 

98(5—5. Nancy Peck, b. " ni. Coustantine Wilson, Falmouth, N. S. 

987-0. Alpha Peck, 1). " ni. and sett, in New Brunswick. 

This family no further traced. 

[22G.] Joanna Ballou', Elislia', James', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 21, 1754; m. ('/nal Sm/t/i of said Cum- 
berland, ptge., birth-date and particulars of cer. not ascertained. 
Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

Owen Smith, b. Sept. 3, 1777. 
Chad Smith, I). May 24, '80. 
Nancy Smith, b. Feb. 11, '83. 

James Smith, b. . 

Lemuel Smith, b. Mar. 2, '89. 

Joanna Smith, 1). . 

Elisha Smith, b. . 

We have obtained but a poor showing of data in this family 
record, and see no prospect of further tracement. For aught 
reported to the contrary, Mrs. Joanna", her husband and family 
Avere worthy people, and deserve a better memorial than our in- 
formation has enabled us to give them on these pages. 

1 228.] Lydia Ballou ', next of this family, b. Feb, 14, 1757, and 
d. the same yr. She "stas followed by another of the same name. 

[229.] Lydia B.u.lou\ Elisha', James', James^ Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, B. I., July 7, 1758 ; m. Levi Lee, son of Joseph and 
Butli Lee, b. in said Cuml^erland May 21, 1759; cer. May 4, 1783, 
by Jno. Dexter, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — ■ 

995—1. Waity Lee, b. Oct. 15, 1788; d. u. m. Nov. 8, 1822, a. 40 yrs. 

99G— 2. Nancy Lee, b. June 5, '85; d. u. m. Oct. 31, 1880, a. 45 yrs. 

997—8. Sarah W. Lee ) . b. Aug. 11, '88; d. u. m. Nov. (J, 1861, a. 74 yrs. 

998-4. Lydia Lee i *'^"^^' b. Aug. 11, '88; d. u. m. Dec. 1, 1824, a. 86 yrs. 

999-5. James Ballou Lee, b. Oct. 24, '90; d. u. m. Feb. 24, 1886, a. 45 yrs. 

1000—6. Mary Ann Lee, b. Mar. 18, '95; d. u. m. Apl. 80, 1858, a. 59 yrs. 
















A family of g-ood social standing and moral reputation, con- 
cerning- whom our information lias been, as yet, too limited to 
enable ns to g-ive tliem a just and ample memorial. Our impres- 
sion is tliat tliey left a very creditable life record. Mrs. Lydia" 
d. Dec. 15, 1831, in her 74tli yr. Levi Lee d. in tlie ripe old ag-e 
of liis 85tli year, Mar. 22, 1841. It is remarkable tliat all the clin. 
of these worthy parents died unmarried, leaving their branch of 
descent extinct. But so it is, if no mistake has been made in our 
reported information. 

[230.] James Ballou', Elislia", James", James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, E. I., Dec. 11, 1700; d. in the promise of early man- 
hood, Avithout issue, Sept. 28, 1781. He was the only son of his 
parents, amid their liock of daughters. He inherited a portion 
of his deed, father's property, which he disposed of by a Will, to 
be found on the Probate records of Smithtield, R. I., B. 2, p. 235. 

[231.] Nancy Ballou", Elisha', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 25, 1763 ; m. Dar'uJ Laplinui of Smithfield, 
R. I., son of Thomas Lapliam; cer. Apl. 26, 1789, by Jotliam Car- 
penter, J. P. Unfortunately we have learned very little concern- 
ing this family. They had certainly one son, 1001 — 1, Pardon 
Lapham, who became a physician, and was located in New York 
City many years ago. But the rest is all blank to us. And so we 
must leave it, unless new light breaks in upon us from some unex- 
pected quarter. 

[282.] Waity Ballou', Elisha', James", James*, Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 1, 1767. She was never m., but had one 
son out of Avedlock, by Ahaz Aldrich, perhaps of Mendon, Mass., 
or that general vicinity. This son, though recorded in Cumber- 
land, R. I., where he was )). Sumner Aldrich was afterward always 

1003—1. Sumuer Ballou, 1). Feb. 17, 1795; ni. Celissa Cook, \-c. 

He grew up to be an intelligent, worthy, and resi^ectable citizen 
of Mendon, Mass. His family record will appear in its proper 
place among his kindred of the next generation. Waity Ballou' 
passed through many vicissitudes of human experience — many of 
them toilsome, sad and trying. She d. in Mendon, Mass., Oct. 23, 
1839, a. 72 yrs. 9 nios. and 19 ds. 

[233.] JjLtcy Ballou', Elislia', James'', -James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Feb, 19, 1770. She lived many years with her 


widowed mother, Mrs. Heplizibali (Thayei-) Ballon, in Mendon, 
Mass., and there d. Sept. 3, 1802, a. 82 yrs. 6 mos. and 15 ds. Her 
ag-ed mother soon followed her to the world of spirits. She was 
the youngest of Elisha Ballon's elm., and we never heard anything- 
to her discredit. 

[284.] Samuel Cook', son of William (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), and Priscilla Ballon', James', James', Maturin' ; b. hi 
Bellingham, Mass., Nov. 12, 1755. AVe have been unable to find 
any trace of this person, and suppose he must have d. young-, per- 
haps in Bellingham, before his ]iarents emig-rated to Kichmond, 
N. H. 

[235.] Susannah Cook", second child of William and Priscilla 
(Ballon) Cook; 1). in Bellingham, Mass., Nov. 30, 175H. We must 
say the same as of her brother Samuel. 

[23(5.] Sylvanus Cook', (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter), Priscilla Ballon', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Bellingham, 
Mass., Sept. 5, 1758; m. Elhdheth, Barney of Kichmond, N. H., or 
the near vicinity, dr. of David Barney ; cer. Jan. 3, 1782. Issue, 
1j. in said Richmond. — 

1003—1. Snsauua Cook, 1). not found. 

1004—2. Elizabeth Cook, 1). " 

1005—8. William Cook, 1.. 

1000—4. Ezekiel Cook, 1). 

1007—5. Lydia Cook, b. Feb. 22, 17H9. 

We are (obliged to leave this skeleton record as above presented. 
All attempts to trace this family have failed. The parents re- 
moved with their chn. (it is said) to Walling-ford, Vt., or the near 
vicinity. We wrote to the Postmasters and sundry other persons 
in Walling-ford and So. Wallingford, among- them to a Mr. Z. T. 
Cook of the latter town, who was referred to as able to post us on 
the Cooks, but all in vain. So this line of descent is closed. 

[237. J James Cook', (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), 
Priscilla Ballon'. James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Bellingham, 
Mass., June 7, 17(iO; m. 1st Elizuheth Incjalh of Eichinond, N. H., 
dr. of Henry Ing-alls, Esq. ; cer. Oct. 15, 1780. Issue, 1). in said 
Bichmond. — 

1008-1. Lticy Cook, ) . b. July 17, 1784; d. Apl. 10, 17!)!). 
1000-2. Samuel Cook, \ ^'''^"^' 1). " " ; d. July 17, 1784. 

1010—3. James Cook, b. Apl. 14, 1788; d. Jan. (3, 1790. 


1011—4 Eliziibeth Cook, b. Aug. 22, 1791; d. Aug. 28, 1794. 
1012—5. ' Polly Cook, h. Oct. 11, '98; d. Aug. 25. 1794. 
1013—6. Lucretia Cook, b. Jan. 23, 1795; unreported. 
1014—7. Sibyl Cook, b. June 11, '97; unreported. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Ingalls) Cook d. July 1<S, 1800. The same year 
Nov. 2d James" m. 2d Waitd'dl Fuller (other particulars not given.) 
Issue iu said Richmond. — 

1015— 8. Sylvanus Cook, b. May 20, 1801; unreiiorted. 

1016— 9. Elizabeth Cook, b. Aug. 13, '02; unreported. 
1017 — 10. James Cook, b. Jan. 8, '04; unreported. 

James Cook** is said to have removed fi'om Eiehmoud, N. H., 
and settled in AVallingford, Vt., during the year 1805. There we 
have lost all trace of him and of his posterity. As already indi- 
cated, respecting' his brother Sylvanus and descendants, AValling- 
ford has proved hard genealogical hunting- ground ; and if there 
are any Cooks extant there, they are not and)itious to be caught 
in our traps. Let some expert Cook genealogist look after them. 

|238.] Cathekine Cook\ fifth child of AVilliam and Priscilla 
(Ballon) Cook, has proved untraceable, prob. d. young-, and is 
remanded to the same category with her bro. Samuel and sister 

[239.] PiiisciLLA Cook", (AVilliam, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
AValter), Priscilla Ballon', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Bel- 
lingham, Mass., Apl. 20, 1765 ; m. (Ulrei' ILirnn in Bichmond, N. 
H., Dec. 10, 1788. Issue.— 

1018—1. William Harris, b. Aug. 3, 1791. 
1019—2. Lucretia Harris, b. Fel). 1, '94. 

Nothing further ascertained except that the family removed to 
the State of Vt. No further traced. 

[240.] LucitETiA Cook", (AVilliam, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, AVal- 
ter), Priscilla Ballou', James'', James', Maturin' ; b. in Bellingham, 
Mass., Apl. 17, 1767; m. Esel' Bufimi of Ilichnumd, N. H., date 
and other particulars not given. Is.sue, all b. in said Bichmond. — 

1020 — 1. Lovina Buftum, b. Nov. 29, 1786; m. Jonathan Raw.son, Esq. 

1021—2. James Buftum, 1). Nov. 7, '88; m. Caroline Cook. 

1022—3. Sarah Buftum, b. May 13, '91; m. Nathaniel Whipple. 

1023—4. Priscilla Buftum, b. Aug. 2, '93; m. Silas Buftum. 

1024—5. Betsey Buft'um, 1). May 9, 1802; m. Benjamin Crocker, Jr. 

1025 — 6. Lucretia Buftum, b. Aug. 5, '04; ni. Amos Bennett. 


Esek Bntfnm was the son of the Bulit'uin from Sniithtield, E. I., 
one of the conspicuous early settk^rs of Eichmond, whose home- 
stead was on the height of land north of the 4 Corners toward 
Swanzey. The Butfnms were of good repnte. Mrs. Lucretia 
(Cook) Butfum was so remarkable for her intellectual and moral 
qualities as to he eminently honored by all who knew her. She 
d. Oct. 9, 1855, in her 89th yr. Her husband d. long before her, 
Dec. 31, 1831, a. (JO yrs. 

[240^.] William Cook, Jit '., (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Priscilla Ballon', b. hi BelHngham, Mass., Mar. 11, 1770; 
m. Kvnice Mann about 1700. So much from her gt. niece, Mrs. 
Emily B. Bigelow of Keene, N. H. ; and only this more, — that 
Miss Eunice, the bride " was married in a calico gown that cost 
her $1 per yard ; to pay for which she worked 12 weeks at 50 cts. 
per week." Also that they moved themselves and goods on board 
an ox-team to an unrecollected place in "the Holland Purchase," 
then so called in N. Y. No further traced. 

[241.] Nicholas Cook", (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter), Priscilla Ballon', James'', James", Maturin' ; b. jierhaps in 
Eichmond, N. H., Aug. 16, 1772; m. and settled in Wallingford, 
Vt. We can hardly expect to trace him further. The Cooks of 
that region are either unreachable or uncommunicative. 

[241^.] Elizabeth Cook\ more familiarly called Betsey, (Wil- 
liam, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), Priscilla Ballon', James", 
James', Maturin' ; b. in Eichmond, N. H., May 18, 1775; m. Kr((.^- 
t(fs Ohndead, and settled in Middlebiiry, Vt. No further traced. 

[242.] Dr. David Brown" (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Entli 
Ballon', NathanieF, James', Maturin' ; b. on territory that soon 
afterward was included in Cumberland, E. I., Jime 10, 1741 ; m. 
Sd.r'ili Peck, dr. of Daniel Peck', b. in said Cumberland Feb. 27, 
1748 ; cer. Apl. 28, 1765, by Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, 1). in 
said Cumlierland. — 

103(i— 1. Cyuthia Brown, h. Sept. 22, ITfid. 

1027—2. James Bl•()^yn, b. Nov. 2, 'G8. 

1028—8. Ahio-iiil Brown, li. July 25, '70. 

1029—4. David Brown, b. Dec. 3, '72. 

Our history of this family is extremely meagre. Our assistant 
researcher, Fred. M. Ballon, Esq., says he made many fruitless 


inquiries al)out them, and only learned indirectly, tliat after the 
birth of the above named clin. Dr. Brown removed to Philadel- 
phia, Pa., where he went into snccessful practice, acquired wealth, 
and won for himself and family hig-li social standing-. We must 
therefore foreg-o the many interesting- biographical particulars it 
would be pleasing- to narrate, and dismiss further tracement. 

[243.] Abigail Buown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Ruth 
Ballou', Nathanier', James", Maturin' ; b. on territory soon after- 
ward included in Cumberland, B. I., Feb. 20, 1743; m. Sylvaniis 
BucMin of Smithfield, R. I. ; cer. in Cumberland Feb. 27, 1703, by 
Eld. Nathaniel Cook. We have been furnished with no further 
information concerning- this couple, except that Mr. Bucklin d. 
in Cumberland Mar. 13, 1816, in his 77tli yr. Not very satisfactory 
to our inquisitiveuess, or genealogical ambition. 

[244.] Ephkaim BI!O^YN" (Stephen, Jose])h, John, John), Ruth 
Ballon^ Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Sept. 2, 1744; m. Alice W/iij)))le, dr. of DanieP and Anna (Samuel, 
John), b. Mar. 26, 1740 ; cer. in said Cumberland July 7, 1765, by 
Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue.— 

1080—1. Amey Brown, h. Apl. (5, 1766. 

1031—2. Anna Brown, b. Oct. 8, '67; d. May 8, 17S4. 

1082—3. Hosea Brown, 1). June IS, '6!). 

1033—4. Lncivtia Brown, h. Jan. 30, '71. 

Ephraim'' went into the Revolutionary army, and d. in the ser- 
vice. No further data given, and the family no further traced. 

[245.] Stephen Brown, Jii.,' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), 
Ruth Ballon', Nathaniel', James', Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, 
R. I., Jan. 31, 1746 ; m. llnhhih Dexter, dr. of James Dexter, b. 
Dec. 1750; cer. Dec. 19, 1771, l\y John Dexter, J. P. Issue, all b. 
in said Cumberland. — 

1034—1. Henrietta Brown, b. Sept. 18, 1772; ni. Abner Ballon Jan. 3, 1700. 

1085—2. Lncy Brown, b. Jan. 24, '74; m. 1st Welcome Jillson, 2(1 Wila 

1086—3. Oliver Brown, b. Oct. 31, '75; d. Oct. 0, 1776. 

1037—4. Mary Brown, I). Aug. 12, '77; m. George Mason. Jan. 24, 179G. 

1038—5. Abigail Brown, b. Sept. 20, '79; ni. Wm. Ballon, Jr., Feb. 4, 1807. 

1080—0. Huldah Brown, b. Dec. 1, '81; m. Caleb Haskell Sept. 10, 1802. 

1040—7. Ohloe Brown, b. Apl. 4, '84; m. Sweeting Taft Feb. 8, 1802. 

1041-8. William Dexter Brown, b. Aug. 28, '86; m. Ruth Taber, Paw- 
tucket, R. I. 


SteiilioH Brown, Jr./' and family ranked reputably in the farmer 
class of Cumberland, R. I. If we mistake not, tlieir homestead 
was located in the neig-hborhood of Siieach Pond, so called. He 
d. July 23, 1787, in the prime of middle ag"e. Mrs. Hiildah, his 
Avidow, subsequently m. Capt. Joseph Follett ; cer. Nov. 2, 1788, 
by Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issue, 3 chn. She d. at a date not 

[2-4G.] Elihu Bkown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Euth Bal- 
lon', Nathaniel", James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 
30, 1750 ; m. Sarah Arnold of Smithtield ; cer. May 11, 1777, by 
Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue, all b. in said Cumberland. — 

1042— 1. Jiimes Brown, b. An.y-. 1, 17T7; m. Abigail Smith Nov. 27, 1808. 

1048— 2. Mercy Brown, b. Oct. 4, '79; m. Thomas Tingley Feb. 25,^815. 

1044— 8. Eufns Brown, b. Apl. 12, '81; m. Cynthia Briggs. 

1045— 4. Elihn Brown, b. Jan. 18, '82; d. u. m. 

1040)- 5. Lemnel Brown, b. Dec. 16, '84; m. Elizabeth Anger. 

1047— (5. Henry Brown, b. Jnly 81, '8(); m. Sally Vose Sept. 13, 1817. 

1048— 7. Stephen Brown, b. Mar. 11, '88; m. Eachel Britt. 

1049— 8. Sally Brown, b. Jnly 19, '90; d. n. m. 

.1050— 9. Joseph Brown, b. May 7, '92; m. Hannah Graves. 

1051—10. Smith Brown, 1). Sept. 25, 1794; m. Knth Follett Feb. 19, 1818. 

Elihu Brown" and wife dwelt on an eligible homestead about a 
mile from Cumberland Hill, on the road towards Providence. 
They were respectable people of the farmer class, and reared a 
family of worthy and enterprising- chn., mostly sons. They scat- 
tered themselves widely over the United States, as mechanics and 
Inisiuess managers, winning- responsible positions, and discharg-- 
ing- their duties with creditable success. The old homestead was 
long- ago purchased by the town, and occupied as an asylum for 
its poor. Mrs. Sarah, the wife and mother, d. Feb. 12, 1824, and 
we remember to have ministered at her funeral. Her ag-e was 72 
yi's. il mos. and 15 ds. Elihu' d. Feb. 29, 1832, a. nearly 82 yrs. 

[2-47.] Elljah Bkown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Euth 
Ballon', Nathaniel', James', Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, E. I., 
Apl. 10, 1752 ; m. Anna Balloit (EzekieP, Obadiah', James', Ma- 
turin'), b. in said Cumberland Mar. 1, 1756 ; cer. May 29, 1774, by 
Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue, all b. in said Cumberland. — 

1052— 1. Celinda Brown, b. July 18, 1775; m. Liberty Metcalf June 2, 1799. 

1058— 2. Chad Brown, b. Sept. 2, '77; d. Aug. 18, 1778. 

1054— 8. Joanna Brown, 1). Sept. 4, '79; m. Rufus Sheldon May 18, 1800. 

1055- 4. Elijah Brtnvn, b. Oct. 19, '81; d. u. m. in Richmond, Va. 


l()o(5— 5. Sylvia Brown, b. Jan. 2.'), 1784; m. Dexter Newell Oct. 18, 1804. 

1057— 6. Lewis C. Brown, b. June 24, '86; m. 1st Lydia Ballon, 2d Su- 

sanna Ballon. 

1058— 7. Ezekiel B. Brown, b. Mar. 22, '80; m. Lydia Spra^^ue Dec. 22, 

105!)— 8. Fenner Brown, b. Oct. 21, 'i)l; m. Sally Follett Feb. 8, 1817. 
1060— 9. Rntli Brt)wn, b. Aui;-. It), 'i)4; m. James Weatlierhead Nov. 24, 

1061—10. Alexander Brown, b. Apl. 16, '97; m. Nancy Sheldon. 
1062-11. John Brown, b. Oct. 16, 1800; m. 1st Fanny Mason, 2d Almira 


Elijali" and Anna his wife were second cousins. His gd. father 
on the mother's side was Nathaniel Ballon', and hers on the 
father's side was Obadiah Ballon'. They held the same social 
and moral rank that we have accredited to his elder brothers and 
their wives — a respectable one. Elijah "^ was fonnd dead in New 
Bedford, Mass., Apl. 13, ISOl — ^iio canse reported — a. 49 yrs. and 3 
ds. Mrs. Anna d. Apl. 17, 1832, a. 7(5 yrs. 1 mo. and 16 ds. 

[248.] Ruth Brown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Rnth Bal- 
lon', Nathaniel", James", Matnriu' ; 1). in Cnmberland, R. I., Oct. 
20, 1754 ; m. Isaac Otis of said Cnmberland ; cer. Ang-. 31, 1780, 
b}^ Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issne. — 

1063—1. William Otis, 1). Mar. 1, 1781. No further reported— closed. ■ 

Mrs. Until d. at an early date after the birth of her only son, 
and Mr. Otis sid)secpiently m. 2d, Betsey Tillson Feb. 9, 1787, by 
whom he had several chn. This family no fnrther traced. 

[249.] Mary Brown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Pmth Bal- 
lon', Nathaniel', James", Matnrin' ; b. in CHimberland, li. I., Sept. 
29, 1756 ; m. Dr. John Goold or Gonld (pedigree, &c., nutraced) ; 
cer. Oct. 20, 1776, by Eld. Abner Ballon. No issne fonnd on rec- 
ord.- Mrs. Mary (Brown) Gonld's married life was brief. We 
have not her death-date. Dr. Gonld afterward m. Matilda Daniels 
of Mendon, Mass. Closed. 

[250.] Jesse Brown" (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Puith Bal- 
lon', Nathaniel', James", Matnrin' ; b. in Cnmberland, R. I., Dec. 
26, 1760 ; m. 1st Bealah Ballon, dr. of Eld. Abner Ballon' (Oba- 
diah", James'-', Matnrin'); b. in said Cmnbeiiand Jnne 22, 1766; 
cer. Jnne 8, 1791, by Levi Ballon, J. P. Here again the blood 
mingles in second cousins. Issue, all b. in said Cumberland. — 


1064-1. Mai-ill Brown, b. Nov. 2-3, IT'J^; in. Newton M. Ciii)i-ou May 2i), 

1065—3. Abner Brown, b. Nov. 30, '95; d. n. m. Jan. 33, 1836. 
1066—3. Eliza Brown, b. June 31, ISOO; m. John M. Capron Nov. 31, 1833. 
1067—4. William Otis Browu, b. Dec. 38, 1801; m. Olivia E. Clarke July 

31, 1837. 

This family moved in the front cokimn of social respectability. 
Jesse" and wife had their homestead on Cumberland Hill. There 
Mrs. Beulah d. Oct. 5, 1832, a. QQ yrs. 3 nios. and 13 ds. The 
husband m. 2d Mrs. Mary (Wilkinson) Cook in his immediate 
vicinage, wid. of Amasa Cook, Jnne 8, 1834. He d. Apl. 6, 1837, 
a. 76 yrs. 3 nios. and 10 ds. 

[251.] Saeah Bhown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Euth Bal- 
lon', Nathaniel', James", Matnrin'; b. in Ciimlierland, R. I., Jnne 
30, 17G3; m. WiUlaia Shchhjn, son of AVilHam; cer. June 19, 1789, 
by Jotliam Carpenter, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumlierland. — 

1068—1. rardon Sheldon, b. May 31, 17!)0; m. Rhoda Daggett. 

106!)— 3. William Brown Sheldon, b. Sept. 36, '94; m. Anna Hill. 

1070—3. Sarah Brown Sheldon, b. Sept. 39, '96; m. Eichard Jewell. 

1071—4. Marietta Brown Sheldon, 1). Oct. 34, 1801; m. Lewis Vail. 

Little further data reed, concerning- this family, and we must 
dismiss them here, except possibly one or two in the next g-enera- 

[252.] Nathaniel Ballou", Amariah', Nathaniel', James"', Ma- 
turin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. G, 1750; m. 1st Jane Ware, dr. 
of Michael and Abial Ware, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Nov. 7, 1751 ; 
cer. May 15, 1777, by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue, understood to 
have been 1). in Partridgetield, then so called, afterward Peru, 
Mass. — 

1073—1. Stephen, b. Mar. 33, 1778; m. Eachel Carrier 1804 or 5. 
1073—3. Michael Ware, b. Jan. 13, '80; m. 1st Susannali McKnight, A'c. 
1074—8. Chester, b. Mar. 13, '81; m. Eachel Hay worth 1806. 

Mrs. Jane (Ware) Ballon d. in Partridgetield, later Peru, soon 
after the birth of her' son Chester. Then Nathanier' presently 
returned to his native town. He sul)sequently m. 2d Jane PirJc- 
erbuj, dr. of Benjamin and Mercy Pickering-, b. in Mendon, Mass., 
Sept. 26, 1751 ; cer. in Cumberland, Pt. I., May 29, 1783, by Eld. 
Abner Ballon. Issue, believed to have been b. in Mendon, Mass., 
or its near vicinity. — 


1075—4. Jiiue, I). Mar. 38, 1T8G; in. David Nye Wilson Nov. 3, 1805. 

1076—5. Aehsa, b. Mar. 17, '88; d. n. m. Mar. 14, 1805. 

1077—6. Icliabod, b. May 4, '90; m. Ist Pliilena Ballon, 2d Eunice Harvey. 

1078—7. Artemas, b. July li), '!)3; d. 17!)4. 

1079—8. Angnstns, b. Dee. 13, '97; m. ? 

Mrs. Jane (Pickering-) Ballon d. in Uxljridg'e, bnried Cliestnnt 
Hill, date not ascertained. After lier loss, Natlianiel' went back 
to Pern, Mass., worked at slioemaking, saved np $100, drew a pen- 
sion of $30 per annnm for services in the Revolutionary war, was 
welcomed, on his urgent request, to a good home with his nephew, 
Dea. David Ballon, enjoyed a comfortable old age, and finally d. 
there July 17, 1838, in his 88th yr. 

[253.] Elias Ballou", Amariah', Nathaniel", James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., Dec. 24, 1752 ; m. Mary Parker, dr. of 
Samuel Parker, b. in Coventry, Conn., Feb. 21, 1754; cer. in Pern, 
Mass., Apl. 11, 1782. Issue, b. in said Peru, besides 2 unnamed 
infants. — 

1080—1. Amariali, b. July 13, 1784; m. Mary Freeland about 1804 or 5. 
1081—3. David, 1). Aug. 17, '86; m. Mary Eaymond Feb. 18, 1808. 
1083—3. Mary, b. Aug. 3, '91; m. Alfred Spaulding Mar. 18, 1810. 

Ellas'" settled, lived and d. in Partridgefield, afterward Peru, 
Mass. His wife was the oldest of 14 chn. They were very worthy 
people of the farmer yeomanry, and we believe devoted Baptists. 
Elias' prospered in temporal acquisitions, and owned 600 acres of 
land ; donating 150 acres to each of his three chn. at the dates of 
their respective marriages. He d. in the high esteem of his fellow 
citizens Jan. 2, 1834, a. 81 yrs. and 9 days. Mrs. Mary, his wid., 
d. in the kind care of her sou Dea. David and famil^y July 29, 1844, 
in her 91st year. 

[254.] DoKCAS Ballou', Amariali', Nathaniel', James", Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 30, 1754; m. ILntry G'dhert of 
Partridgefield, soon after Peru, Mass. They had several chn., of 
whose names only the following have reached us, viz., Lucy, Hep- 
sie, Hannah, Lydia and Donner. We have made nnicli fruitless 
research to trace this family, and must abandon it. Mrs. Dorcas 
(Ballou) Gilbert' is said to have d. in 1805. This descent closed. 

[255. 1 Chester Ballou', Amariali', t*cc., d. young. 

[250.] Mary Ballou", Amariali', &c., in. a Mr. Ilarrinyton and 
moved into the Otter Creek section of Vt. ; too geographically in- 


definite a reg-ion for our penetration ; and nobody seems to know 
anything' alx^nt lier posterity, — certainly nobody in her native vici- 
nage. All onr inquiries have failed. Closed. 

[257.] Hannah Ballou', Amariah', &c., never married, but d. 
in reputable advanced maiden age, between 1820 and '25. So 
Dea. David Ballou testified in one of his letters to Mr. Peck. 

[258.] Cilvina Ballou", the youngest child of Amariah', m. 
jSamjjson Ilarri/u/fo/i, brother of Mary's husband, settled on Otter 
Creek, Yt. In that unspecitic locality we trust that she and Mary 
became mothers of a numerous and worthy posterity. Let those 
of their Ballou cousins, gifted with curiositj^ and geographical 
acumen hunt them up. We can trace them no further. 

[259.] Absalom Ballou', Noah', NathanieP, James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, K. I., Apl. IG, 1752; m. 1st Patiencii Raz&^ of 
said Cundjerland, dr. of David Razee ; cer. Fel?. 5, 1778, by Eld. 
Abner Ballou. Issue.— 

1084—1. PatieiKH', b. May 14, 1787; m. Elkanali Whipple. 
1085—2. Amariah, b. Apl. 34, '88; m. Mary Bartlett. 

Eleven other elm. by this marriage d. in early infancy. Then 
Mrs. Patience, having borne 13 clin. d. Feb. 27, 1702. Absalom 
m. 2d Anna Jeiwks, dr. of Amos Jencks of said Cumberland; cer. 
June 20, 1793, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue, all b. in Cumberland, 
R. I.— 

1086— 8. Amey, b. Nov. 24, 1788; in. Henry Brag-g. 

1087— 4. Hartford, b. Oct. 17, '05; d. Sept. 10, 1808. 

1088— 5. John Adams, b. Mar. 31, '98; m. Mari^-aret Vuse. 

1089— 0. Amos Jencks, 1). Mar. 24, 1800; m. Joanna Kelley Oct. 2, 182!). 

1090— 7. Mary Ann, b. prob. 1801; d. Oct. 1, 1808 in her 2d yr. 

1091— 8. Olney, b. Nov. 16, '04; m. Diama Kelley May, 1880. 

1092— 9. Jeremiah Jencks, b. Nov. 12, '06; d. Sept. 11, 182(i. 
1098—10. Ira, 1). Nov. 11, '08; d. Ang. 22, 1809, a. 8 mos. 
1094—11. Ann Susan, b. Dec. 25, '11; m. Gardner Hale 1829. 

1095—12. Marcia, b. , '18; d. May 28, 1814, in her 2d yr. 

1096—18. Avilda M. b. Sei)t. 14, 'b5; d. n. m. May 80, 1859. 

We remember Absalom' as a man of large, portly, solid stature, 
a substantial citizen of his native town, a respectable innholder of 
the old anti-tee-total type, and sustaining a reputable standing in 
community. His wives and children ranked well, and some of 
them won high social esteem for intellectual and moral worth. 
Absalom' settled on the Providence road, about three miles below 



C'umbeiiaiid Hill. There lie built his first domicile, which he 
occupied till 1799. He then erected, on the west side of the road, 
a large two-story dwelling house, long known as his tavern-stand, 
in which he officiated many years as landlord to the general satis- 
faction of the public. He d. Jan. 4, 1837, a. 84 yrs. 8 nios. 19 ds. 
Mrs. Anna, his widow, d. Nov. 1, 1850, a. about 77 yrs. The 
writer ministered at her funeral. 

[260.] Mekcy Ballou', Noah*, Nathaniel', James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, K. I., June 5, 1754; became the 2d wife of iSUns 
Metcalf oi Wrentham, Mass., son of Pelatiah and Hephzibah Met- 
calf, b. July 19, 1740 ; cer. in said Wrentham, Juue 8, 1786, by 
Rev. William Williams. Issue, according to Wrentham records. — 

1097—1. Betsey Metcalf, b. Ang-. 20, 1787; d. in infancy. 

Silas Metcalf, by his first wife, was the father of Lewis Metcalf 
and Dr. Paul Metcalf, all of respectable rank in society. Some 
doid)ts have been expressed whether Betsey above named was a 
child of the 1st or 2d wife, but we cannot go behind the record, 
and therefore credit her to the 2d. Mrs. Mercy (Ballou) Metcalf 
left a fragrant remendjrance, as a most worthy and excellent 
woman. Silas Metcalf d. July 4, 1822. Mrs. Mercy' d. Apl. 20, 
1885, a. 80 yrs. 10 nios. and 15 ds. 

[261.] David Ballou", Noah', Ijfathanier, James', Maturin' ; T). 
in Cundjerland, E>. I., Mar. 21, 1756 ; m. Lucy Martin of Rehoboth, 
dr. of Benjamin Martin; cer. in Cumberland, Nov. 28, 1776, by 
John Dexter, J. P. Issue, all understood to have been born in 
Cumberland or the near vicinity — perhaps several of them in 
North Providence. — 

10!)8 — 1. Liic3% b. Aug. 1, 1777; d. a young maiden 171)2. 

10!)!)— 2. Martin, b. Oct. 21), '80; ui. Betsey Lyon not far from 1804. 

1100— o. Aniey, b. Jan. 11, '83; m. John W. Adams. 

1101—4. Anna, b. June 14, '80; m. Rufus Hawkins, Feb. 10, 1812. 

1102—5. Henry, b. Apr. 80, '88; d. young. 

1103—0. William B., b. Dec. 0, '!10; m. 1st Eliza Wiggin, 2d, Susan Sagar. 

1104 — 7. Idarella, b. son, not found; d. in early infancy. 

1105—8. Polly, b. " d. " " " 

David Ballou" was a man of dash and enterprise, but seemingly 
fated to adversity. He learned the trade of a ship car}>enter, and 
ftill back upon it for a livelihood whenever he failed in more 
promising undertakings. He rendered considerable service in the 
Revolutionary war, but just how much we have not ascertained. 

DA VID Tl A L L U '— SKE TCH. 208 

Pro1xxl)ly lie never rose above a private or luiiior siibaltinii officer. 
He knew nothing of fear, and was sometimes reckless of exposure. 
Tradition reports that on a certain occasion, when a soldier in a 
fort, and it was partially invested or perhaps merely reconnoitred 
l)y a British detachment, he mounted a conspicous part of the ram- 
]:)arts without leave, just to see how the British manoeuvred. His 
coniraandinii" officer promptly punished his disorderly temerity by 
ordering' him to take a horse and ride three times around the fort 
in face of the enemy, who were within distant gun shot. He 
obeyed in a dare-devil style ; though the English at sight of him 
let fly several discharges of musketry. The whistling bidlets 
neither scared nor hit him. But he used to say afterward, in 
telling the story, that he heartily wished they had killed the com- 
mander's horse. Toward the close of the war and later, David" 
went into the West India trade, opened a store in Pawtucket, and 
was sole or at least part owner of several vessels engaged in that 
trade. This was lucrative when successfiil, but beset with hazard- 
ous risks. The upshot with him was final disaster. He had ac- 
cumulated considerable property, including several parcels of real 
estate in No. Providence, as the records of Deeds sIioav. But all 
was swept away by successive adversities. In 1785, among other 
calamities, his house was struck by lightning, and his wife so 
injured by the bolt that she was bed-ridden for fifteen years. As 
nearly as we can learn, she d. sometime during the year 1800. 
Meanwhile his two youngest chn. and eldest dr. had died. All 
this nearly broke him down, Hq provided homes for his surviv- 
ing elm. as well as he could, and betook himself to ship-carpenter- 
ing in the city of New York. There he remained most of his time 
for many years. If he was ever married again, it has not come 
to our knowledge. His son William, who had been cared f<^r l)y 
the famous Madam Jumel, grew up to influential maturity in that 
city, and may have done something for his father's comfortable 
domiciliation. Be this as it may have been, David'" passed on 
through various experiences till in 1832 we find him with his eldest 
son, Martin Ballon, in Union Co., Ohio; How long he resided 
with Martin we have not been told — perhaps only a few months. 
At length in the spring or early summer of 1832, he set his face 
toward New England for a visit among the relatives of his native 
vicinage. He was now in his 77th yr. Just then the great cholera 
panic broke out, and the American people were terribly fright- 
ened, but not this old veteran. He pushed on through thick and 
thin, arrived at New York, and thence embarked for Providence, 


R. I. On board the steamboat lie was suddenly attacked by nan- 
sea and diarrlioea, though not violently. But all about him were 
at once alarmed, and shrank from giving him personal assistance. 
He was thrust into extreme quarters, landed on the wharf at Prov- 
idence only to be shunned" and neglected for hours in a hot Julj" 
sun. At leng-th, at a costly price, he obtained conveyance on the 
top of a stage coach out to his brother Oliver Ballou's in his 
native Cumberland. Terror seized the family on his being' laid 
down at their door. They dared not take him into house and bed 
and nursing- care, as the suffering patient needed ; but, in fear for 
their own lives, got him provided for, as well as could be done, in 
an out-house. There he d. July 11, 1832. Dr. Ariel Ballou, (one 
of the publishing proprietors of this volume), who had l)een sent 
for, reached the scene soon after death, examined the case, and 
confidently ] pronounced it no Asiatic Cholera at all, but only one 
of ordinary cholera morbus, and death to have ensued from sheer 
exhaustion, through want of proper attention. It was a sad cul- 
mination of seemingly strange and unaccountable misfortune, if 
so one ougiit to sjjeak who firmly believes in God's all-loving and 
mse providence. The writer ministered funeral services over his 
remains. His time-worn broad-axe, hand-saw, kc, are reverently 
preserved by his great grand v\\\\. in Milford, O. 

[262.] Keziah Ballou", Noah', Nathaniel', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 6, 1757; m. '/<)(-/ Peck\ (Solomon, 
Ichal)od, Jathniel, Joseph, Joseph), b. in Wrentham, Mass., Apl. 
2, 17G1 ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 15, 1784, by Eld. Abner 
Ballou. Issue b. in said Cundierland. — 

110(5—1. Asniah Peek, b. Mar. S, 1785; d. a young maiden Dee. 7, 1794. 

1107—3. Lois Peek, b. Dec. 34, '8G; m. Arnold W. Jeueks. 

1108— ;l Foster Peck, b. Nov. 11, '89; m. Joanna Hopkins Arnold. 

1109—4. Lewis Peek, b. Dec. 38, '98; m. Pamelia Carpenter 1816. 

Keziah" left no special testimonial of her worth that has reached 
us, but we cannot d(nibt, in view of her blood relationship, that 
she richly deserved one. Her husband was an industrious stone 
mason and an exemplary citizen. Their home was in Cumber- 
laud, R. I. There he d. Nov. 24, 17*)4 ; and she May 18, 1847, a. 
about 91 yrs. 

[2()3.] Noah Ballou", Noah', Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. L, July 29, 1759; m. 1st Lydui AY arc, dr. of 
Henry and Esther (Cheever) Ware, b. in Wrenthnm, Mass.," Dec. 


11, 1758; cer. in said Wreutliam, June 10, 1784, l)y Rev. William 
Williams. Issue, a nameless l)al)e that d. at birth. Mrs. Lydia 
d. Mar. 5, 178(5; a. 27 yrs, 2 mos. and 27 ds. The Imsband m. 2d 
Ahitjuil TlntT^toh, dr. of Dr. James and Phebe (Perkins) Thurston. 
She was the youngest of nine chn., b. |)rob. in Plainfield, Conn., 
1763 or '64; cer. in Wrentham, Mass., Apl. 12, 1787, by Rev. Wil- 
liam W^illiams. Issue, all b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

1110 —1, Lydia, 1). Oct. 27, 1789; m. Lewis C. Brown Nov. 3(i, 1S15. 
1112*— 2. Hnsanna, 1). Sept. 10, '01; m. 1st Cyrus Ballon, Feb. 14, 1810, 2(1 

L. C. Brown. 
1118 — ;i Leonard, b. Fp1i. 28, '04; \\\. 1st Ann E. Amshnry, 2d D. A. E. 

1114 —4. Thnrston, b. Nov. 80, 1S()8. ni. Caroline Follett Nov. 23, 1828. 

Noah", his Avives and chn., earned a good reputation, and their 
memory is deservedly honored. He was a tough constitutioned 
man, and executed a vast amount of hard work during his mortal 
career. He had an ample stock of strong common sense, aspiring 
enterprise, and a good mechanical genius. At the age of sixteen, 
just after the l)attle of Bunker Hill, he had an opportunity to 
show his pluck and generosity. His oldest brother, Absalom, had 
enlisted for six months in the Continental army, l)ut became too ill 
for duty, and sent home for some one to take his place. The 
parents proposed that their next oldest son, David, should go; 
but David demurred. Thereupon Noah spoke up bravely, "If 
David won't go, I will." His mother gave him the best outfit she 
could, filled his wallet with bread and cheese, and ofi' he trudged 
on foot all the way to Boston, though an utter stranger to the 
route, and to a martial camp. He reached the army at Cambridge 
in good time, relieved Absalom to the acceptance of the ofiicers, 
and served out the six months enlistment. Afterward, having got 
his hand in, he served through several short campaigns, and rose 
to be sergeant, with Clen. Greene's marked approbation. At the 
close of the war, when his brother David embarked in the West 
India trade, and sent out several vessels, partly built and owned 
by himself, Noah became an adventurer in seafaring life ; during 
which he had several narrow escapes from hostile cruisers and 
fearful storms. But he took a strong liking to the sailor's roman- 
tic calling, and became quite intent on adopting it permanently, 
yet was dissuaded from it by the earnest advice of his eldest sister 
Mercy ; he having already i^lanned to study Navigation, and 
qualify himself to command a ship. As the next best thing, he 

* A numeral overleap discovered too late for timely correction. 


concluded to many, g-et liini a snug home, and set u}) boat build- 
ing in his native locality. And this he did successfully, being 
somewhat skilled in the ship-carpenter's trade. He boug-ht a 
small farm, with an old house and work-shop on it, of one John 
Fisk in his father's neig-hborhood, and by purchase or paternal 
g-ift added some 35 acres out of his father's homestead. So, alto- 
g"ether, he secured to himself a respectable farm. He was the 
first boat-builder in his native town, which later had several. He 
prospered and in the course of a few years superseded his old 
domicile with what was then deemed a fine two-story mansion. 
Meantime he indulged his military ambition, on a humble rural 
scale, joining" what was a soldierly org-auization of Revolutionaries 
styled "The Senior Class." In the Regiment to which he be- 
longed he rose from Ensign to Major, receiving successive com- 
missions, grade after grade, from the then Governor, Arthur 
Fenner. So he wore in maturer life the title of Major; which 
commanded in those days more honor than in these ; i. e. in the 
ordinary militia sphere. Major Noah at length descended into 
the vale of old age, retired from business, sold out liis homestead 
to his prosperous brother Oliver, and toward the close of life went 
to live with his youngest son, Thurst<^n Ballon, in Franklin, Mass. 
There he and his wife both died the same year; she Sept. 12, 
1843, a. about 80 yrs. ; and he on the 20tli of December following, 
a. 84 yrs. 4 mos. and 22 ds. 

[264.J Silence Ballou", twin with Abigail, d. at the age of 3 
weeks, and is passed over. 

[205.] Abigail Ballou", twin with Silence aforesaid; Noah', 
Nathanier', James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 7, 
1761 ; m. lloytd Peck (Solomon, Ichabod, Jatlmiel, Joseph, Jos- 
eph), b. in Wrentham, Mass., Jime 13, 1759; cer. Jan. 23, 1780, 
l^rob. by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue. — 

1115— L Celinda Peck, 1). in Cumberlancl, R. 1., Oct. 29, 1781; m. William 


1110—3. William Peck, li. in Jan. 14, '85; m. Sarali Arnold. 

1117—3. Joel r. Peck,, 1). in Westminster, Vt., May 20, '1)7; m. Liicy Peck. 
1118—4. Ira B. Peck, 1). in Wrentham, Mass., Feb. 12, 1805; m. Mary 


The youngest son of this family says, in his adniirable Peck 
Genealogy of his parents, that his father " at first settled in Cum- 
berland, R. I. From there he removed to Westminster, Vt., where 


he became one of the leading' men of the town. He remained in 
Westminster until about 1802, when he returned and settled upon 
the paternal homestead, in Wrentham, Mass., where he lived and 
died, honored and respected, both in his })ublic and private life. 
He was one of the kindest of husbands and most indulgent of 
parents. Although possessed of more than usual energy and de- 
cision of character, he was always kind and courteous in all his 
relations of life." 

Then of Mrs. Abigail (Ballon") his mother, — " She was one of 
the best of women, the most aft'ectionate of wives, and the kindest 
of mothers. She died June G, 18-46, in the eighty-fifth year of her 
age." Her husband d. Sept. 20, 1849, in the 91st yr. of his age. 

[2G6.] Olivek Ballou", Noah', Nathaniel', James'-', Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, B. I., Nov. 4, 1763 ; m. Abiyall Colhurii, dr. of 
Jeremiah and Mary Colburn, sometime of Binge, N. H., b. per- 
haps in Wrentham, Mass., or an adjacent town, 1766 ; cer. in said 
Wrentham July 12, 1787, by Bev. William Williams. Issue, all b. 
in Cumberland, B. I. — 

Polly, 1). Oct. 81, 1787; m. Joiiatlian Miller Nov. 15, 1807. 
Dexter, b. Jan. 28, '89; m. Esther Fislier Aldrieli Fel). 18, 1813. 
Harvey, b. July 30, '92; m. Entli Gould Nov. 13, 1814. 
Hosea, b. Nov. 4, '93; in. Anna Whipple. 

George C, b. Feb. 1, '98; m. Ruth Eliza Aldrich May 24, 1825. 
Sally Ann, b. Aug-. 8, 1802; m. Harris J. Mowry July 1, 1822. 

There is said to have been a dr. Nancy, who d. a. 13 years (later 

Oliver Ballon' and wife were excellent people. He was endowed 
with good native common sense, judgment and prudence. He 
was sedate and circumspect in his general deportment, yet at the 
same time enterprising and executive in business matters. He 
was a house carpenter by trade, and for his day an extensive 
builder by contract. He executed much building for the Slaters 
in Pawtucket and Slaterville, B. I., and often employed numerous 
joiu-neymen. In early life he lived with and cared for his aged 
parents — inheriting the paternal homestead. For about a year 
after marriage he dwelt in the old domicile with his father, and 
then built him a new dwelling house a short distance southward. 
That was his home till some years after his father and step-mother 
had passed away. But it was rather too secluded a neighborhood 
to suit his taste, and in 1815 he swapped it with Mr. Welcome 
Weatherhead for a more eligible homestead, situated on the Prov- 














idence road, about a mile soutlieast of Cuiiiberland Hill. There 
liis wife and himself spent their remaining- days. He was a man 
to keep \\\) with the advancing progress of the times, hnt at a 
cautious pace. About the time he exchanged farms with Weath- 
erhead, or certainly not long after, he united with his son Dexter 
in commencing the manufacture of cotton yarn. Their establish- 
ment was indeed a small concern. It was a puny mill on a puny 
stream a very short distance northwest of the Absalom Ballon 
tavern. But it became the mother of the stately enterprise which 
Dexter afterward developed at Woonsocket Falls, to which locality 
the original machinery was opportunely removed in the year 1817. 
Oliver' was sagacious, and moved safely forAvard on a plane of 
prosperity, with few reverses, to a respectable competency of 
wealth. He was an intelligent thinker on religious as well as 
many other subjects, and embraced the faith, hope and charity 
included in the doctrine of the final triumph of good over all evil. 
Mrs. Abigail, his wife, d. Dec. 12, 1821. He d. Jan. 15, 1843, a. 
79 yrs. 2 mos. 9 ds. 

[267.] ZiBA Ballou", Noah', Nathaniel", James'-', Maturiu' ; b. 
in Cumberland, B. I., Aug. 5, 1765 ; m. jSLolly Mawn of said Cum- 
berland, dr. of Jonathan Mason, I). Apl. 12, 1771 ; cer. Mar. 2, 
1788, by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue, aU b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

1125— 1. James, b. Nov. 12, 1788; m. Barbara Bliss June 7, 1821. 

1126— 2. Stephen, b. Sept. 9, '90; d. 1792. 

1127— 3. Jouatliau, b. Feb. 29, '92; m. 1st Aim Heiulrick, 2a Naucy Potter. 

1128— 4. Ebeuezer Masou, b. Aug. 4, '94; m. Mary Hunt Aug. 6, 1815. 

1129 — 5. Charles, b. Nov. 9, '96; m. Asenath, alias Seua H. Penniman 1820. 

1130— 6. Keziah, 1). Dec. 25, '98; ni. 1st Burrill Capron, 3tl Alvah Aldrich. 

1131— 7. Fenner, b. Jan. IH, 1801; m. 1st Julia A. Aldrich, 2d Louisa 


1132— 8. Hiram, 1). Dec. 27, '02; m. 1st Emeliue F. Brown, 2d S. H. 


1133— 9. Nancy George, I). Oct. 25, '04; m. 1st Nathan Verry, 2d Pardon 

1134—10. Henry Green, b. July 25, '06; m. Sarah L. Tales June 8, 1846. 
1135—11. Emma Ann, b. May 17, '08; m. John Chandler Feb. 8, 1829. 
1136—12. Mary, b. Mar. 31, '13; d. Mar. 31, 1831. 

1137—13. Louise Stratford, b. Jan. 23, '15; m. Hazard Potter, M. D., June 
14, 1835. 

Ziba' and Molly were a prolific i)air, and must have had a very 
busy life to care for so many chn. Imagination cannot paint the 
strugglesome experiences through which they passed. But their 
strength was equal to their day. Ziba was a resolute, industrious, 


executive man. And Molly, avIio began married life wlieii scarcely 
seventeen, was ahvays amiable, patient, and hopeful. It used to 
be laiioliiugly told that Ziba once started with a heavily loaded 
team, in company with neig-hboring teamsters, for Paw^tucket, or 
perhaps Providence, broke an axletree three miles on his way, 
rode home on one of his horses, wroug-ht a new axle from a piece 
of timber on hand, rode l)ack Avith it on his shoulder, replaced the 
broken one, and reached the place of destination about as soon 
as his compeers. Probably he was not nice al^out the finish of 
his new axle, and possibly his neighbors did not hurry their 
teams much. Neither he nor his wife had any time, if they had 
the inclination, to expend on niceties. They put things through, 
indoors and out, with very little polishing, and lost no flesh by fret- 
ting. His father gave him and his brother Eliel a snug farm from 
the old homestead, comprising its northeasterly section. Ziba 
bought out Eliel, and built a cosy dcunicile on the premises. But 
after a while he craved a more populous neiglil)orliood, sold out 
his place to his wife's brother, Chad Mason, and moved to Cum- 
berland Hill. His primitive farm has long been known as the 
Chad Mason place. On the Hill, he first bought out Al)ner Lap- 
ham's premises, at the junction of the old Furnace road with the 
o-reat road to Providence, near the Cook tavern. Afterward he 
purchased other premises in the vicinity, built and sold out as 
opportunity tempted him, till finally, in 1819, he erected the re- 
spectal)le two-story dwelling house, wherein he last lived down to 
his death. He d. Aug. 29, 1829, a. 64 yrs. and 24 ds. Mrs. Molly, 
his widow, survived him over 9 yrs. She d. Mar. 27, 1839, a. (57 
yrs. 11 nios. 15 ds. 

[2G8.] Eliel B.illou', Noah', Nathanier*, James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Cuml)erland, E. I., Feb. 20, 17G7 ; m. Polly Morait of Attlebor- 
ough, Mass., (parentage, birth-date, &c., not found,) published in 
Attleborough Oct. 13, 1792, and doubtless m. soon after. Issue. — 

1188—1. Preston, b. Piituey, Vt., Fel). 10, 1794; m. Harriet M. Brown 1S25. 

113!)— 2. Abida, b. Westminster, Vt., Au.y. 30, 'i).5; ni. Nelson Cowen 1830. 

lUO— 8. Mary Ann, b. Cnmberland, E. I., Jnly 8, 180G; ni. 1st E. W. Bnck- 

\in, 3d A. W. Pitts. 

1141—4. Stephen Kandolpli, 1). Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 17, '08; d. u. m. 

1143—5. Franees, b. Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 36, '10; drowned July !), 1837. 

1148— (j. James Walter, 1). Smithtield, R. I., Sept. 30, '13; d. u. m. 

1144—7. Eliel Michael Larkin, b. Smithtield, R. I., Aug. 13, '14; d. u. m. 

ElieP was a muscular, wiry, hard working, executive man, 
largely engaged on heavy jobs of stone structure. He was an 



enterprising- contractor for constructing- wharves, factory canals, 
wells and walls ; in wliicli lie was probably more profitable and 
nseful to others than self-enriching. He had a g'ood reputation 
for honest worth, as well as skill in his avocation. He seems to 
have sold out to Ziba his interest in the patrimonial acres g-iven 
them by their father soon after acquiring it, and to have removed 
with his young wife to Vermont. For, as seen above, his eldest 
son was b. in Putney, and then a dr. in Westminster, Vt. Whether 
he was a land owner there or any where else, after selling out to 
Ziba, we are not informed. Perhaps not, as he often changed his 
residence in accommodation to his business. He seems to have 
dwelt in several localities at different periods of his life. He d. 
Sept. 28, 1841 ; his wife, Oct. 6, 1846. But ic/iere we have not 
been told. Indeed, we have not been as well posted in the biog- 
raphy of him, his wife and family as w^e desired. Some time after 
having closed this notice of Eliel', as we supposed, it was our good 
fortune to receive from one of his highly intelligent grand drs., 
Maria Louise Pitts, M. D., the following interesting Eevolutionary 
legend, handed down through her mother, Mrs. Mary Ann (Ballon) 
Pitts, some years deed. Miss Dr. Pitts wrote us essentially as 

" Has any one given you this about my grandfather Ballou ? 
When his father and six brothers served in the Colonial army of 
the Kevolution, he (Eliel) was left at home, at the age of 13 years, 
to care for affairs ; and being the oldest boy of the neighborhood, 
was charged with managing the famous beacon pole signal, on the 
adjacent high land [called to this day 'Beacon Pole Hill'], which 
had been previously manipulated by his father, Noah Ballon- 
[The pole is said to have been some 70 feet high, with a large 
tar kettle suspended near the top.] The army was at Newport, 
B. I., hovering- near the British trooi)S. One night signals came 
that the Colonial soldiers were in great want of food. Eliel lit 
the beacon, and aroused all the women of the vicinage, who set 
themselves at once to cooking all available provisions. At day- 
break a stout ox team was heavily loaded with food. The boy of 
13 commanded the team, drove it to Providence^ where he had 
never been before, receiving along his route many accessions to 
his stock, till finally he crossed Bristol Ferry, and was welcomed 
by the relieved soldiers with shouts of joy. My mother was very 
l^roud of this achievement, and I have heard her repeat the story 
many times. She said that when her father occasionally talked 
about it, he used to say, ' I think I deserved a pension as much as 


my father and six brothers, each of wlioin received one.'" As to 
the exact facts and details of this legend, we have no knowledg-e, 
but give it as received. 

[209.] Amariah Ballou", Noah', NatlianieF, James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 14, 1771 ; m. J<ine Lothrhhje of Pel- 
ham, Mass., — ptg-e., birth-date and kindred particulars not ascer- 
tained ; cer. in said Pelliam, Dec. 9, 1794, by Winthrop Bailey, his 
official title not g-iven. They had G chn. besides several that d. in 
early infancy. Only a broken and imperfect family record reaches 
us. Their changes of residence render it uncertain where these 6 
elm. were b. Four of them were prob. b. in Pelham, Mass., or 
some of its neighboring towns — one or more in South Hadley, it 
is said. The youngest two were b. in Eliensburg, Cambria C*o., 

1145 — 1. Silas, h. about 1795; d. n. m. from falling- into a saAV mill pit, ISOl. 

1140 — 2. Levi, 1). about '97; d. u. m. of cholera ou the Mississipi)! river 1833. 

1147—3. Elizabeth, b. about '99; m. John H. Jones 1828. 

1148—4. Pardon L., b. May 24, 1814; m. Catherine Wright Ai)l. 10, 1835. 

1149 — 5. Nelson, b. about '16; m. Elizal)eth Cunningham. 

1150—0. Almira, 1). " '18; d. 1829 in Ebenslmrg, Pa. 

Amariah'' was a house carpenter, and seems to have wandered 
away from his native place, prob. in pursuit of better fortune, but 
experienced sad misfortune, especially at the end of his career. 
Having married in Pelham, Mass., and pursued his calling for sev- 
eral yrs. in the towns of that general vicinity, he removed with his 
family, in 1815, to Ebensburg, Cambria Co., Pa., and settled on a 
homestead — still following his carpenter's trade as opportunity 
offered inducement. Meantime three of his chn. m. and began to 
raise families. But his second son, Levi, in 1832, set out to make 
a visit to K. I. Arc, via NeAv Orleans, d. of cholera while going 
down the Mississippi, and left no trace of particulars. Next, in 
1840, his son Nelson was fatally injured, or killed outright, by 
rolling logs near Portage R. Rd. depot. He left a young widow 
and two chn. His widow d. a yr. later, and the two orphans were 
taken home by their grand parents to live with them. Next and 
finally, their dwelling house took fire one night, in 1843, when 
Amariah, his wife Jane, and the two orphan grand chn., all per- 
ished in the flames- — Silas barely escaping with his life. Nearly 
all the household goods, including the family Bible and its record, 
were consumed. Thus closed the mortal lives of Amariah Ballon' 
and his wife ; he being in his 73d yr., and she aliout 69. 


[270.] Hannah Ballou", Stephen', Natlianier', James', Matii- 
rin' ; h. in Cuml)erlancl, R. I., Mar. 15, 1752 ; m. Ic/iahod Bwirii 
of said Cumberland, son of Nicholas — aneestiy, birth-date, &c., 
not found ; cer. Nov. 9, 1777, by Eld. Aimer Ballon. Issue. — 

1151—1. William Brown, h. Feb. 27, 1778. 
1153—2. Melietabel Bvowu. h. Nov. 25, 177t). 

We are left so much in the dark respecting this family, that, 
unless new light breaks in, we shall trace it no further. 

[271.] Sylvia Ballou', Stephen', Natlianier', James", Maturin '; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., July 25, 1754 ; m. Davhl Staples of said 
Cumberland, son of Nathan Staples — birth-date not given ; cer. 
Mar. 27, 1774, by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue, on Cumberland 
records. — 

1153 — 1. Laviuia Staples, 1). June 23, 1774. 
1154—2. Stephen Staples, b. May 18, '7(!. 
1155—3. Olney Staples, b. Nov. 13, '78. 

Our researcher has given us nothing more concerning' this fam- 
ily, and, unless he does, we must halt where we are. We have 
only a note that they removed to North Adams, Mass. After 
writing the foregoing, we instituted inquiries in Adams, Mass., to 
learn what we could of David Staples and his descendants, but 
with so little encouragement that we gave the matter up, as too 
difficult to prosecute. 

[272.] Edwaud Ballou', Stephen', Nathaniel', Ji>,mes', Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 24, 1756; m. BetJtany Streeter, 
dr. of Isaiah Streeter, b. Oct. 25, 1756 ; cer. in said Cumberland 
Dec. 3, 1779, by Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issue, all b. in Cum- 
berland. — 

115C— 1. Melietabel, b. Feb.. 1(3, 1781; m. Jabez Rhodes Dec. 2(j, 1802. 

1157— 2. Stephen, b. May 11, '83; m. Alice Braley Oct. 14, 1804. 

1158— 3. Angelina, b. Oct. 25, '85; m. John Lovett, Jr. Aug. 18, 1808. 

1159— 4. Lucy, b. Dec. 35, '87; m. Nahum Cook about 1805. 
IICO— 5. Leonard, b. Mar. 23, '!)0; ni. Pliebe Trask Sept. 27, 1810. 

1161— (5. Elizabeth, ) b. Nov. 11, '92; m. James M. Sheldon. 

1162— 7. Barney, ] b. Nov. 11, '92; d. July 17, 1793. 

1163— 8. Huldah, b. July 22, '95; m. Alfred Peck Sept. 26, 1816. 

1164— 9. Silas, b. Mar. 9, '98; m. Sally Harlow, Mar. 22, 1821. 
1165—10. Edward, b. Aug. 13, 1801; m. Olive Peck Aug. 31, 1825. 

Plain cultured, hard working, well disposed, orderly i)eople, not 
over fortunate in worldlj^^ goods or distinction, but far worthier 


than some of our name wlio rose higher in the social sphere. He 
served faithfully in the war of the Revolution, and enjoyed a help- 
ful pension in his old ag-e, Mrs. Bethany d. in Cumberland, Feb. 
22, 1808. Edward'' d. in Pelham, Mass., in the kind care of his 
son Stephen and family Feb. 22, 1833, a. 7G yrs. 2 mos. and 28 ds. 

[273.] Stephen B.\llou', the next oldest of this family, left us 
no record or tradition of his mortal career, whatever it may have 
been, and whether long- or short. 

[274.] EoBA Ballou", Stephen', NathanieF, James", Maturin' ; 

b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 15, 1761 ; m. Arnold. We have 

sought in vain for materials of any family records, and must leave 
the same a blank. 

[275.] Joel Ballou", another of the family concerning whom 
we have no information. 

I 27(!.] Ruth Ballou", the next in age, d. an infant Oct. 15, 1772. 

I 277.] Mehetap.el Ballou', the youngest ; no account given ; 
]n'ob. d. young. 

[278.] RosANNA Pickeking", (Samuel) Sarah Ballon', Nathaniel', 
James", Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Dec. 5, 1759; m. 
A //(//* Arnohl, son of Daniel and Susanna (Ballon) Arnold, b. Nov. 
17, 17()0; cer. in Bellingham aforesaid Dec. 20, 1781, by Rev. Noah 
Alden. Issue. — 

116(i— 1. William Arnold, 1). Dec. !), 17S(5. 
1167—3. Willai-il Arnold, 1.. Sept. 6, '88. 
1168— :i Barton Arnold, 1). Fel). 26, '90. 

Rosanna' and husband are said to have dwelt in or near Smith- 
held Union Bank Village, and to have removed to Clinton, Dutchess 
Co., N. Y., where they d., leaving one son. No further traced. 

[279.] Sai:ah PiCKEitiNft', (Samuel) Sarah Ballon', Nathaniel', 
James'', Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 21, 1762; m. Aii- 
t/ioiiy Ed zee of Cumberland, R. I. ; publishment in Bellingham 
Apl. 12, 1790; cer. of course soon after. Issue, all b. in said Cum- 
berland. — 

1169—1. Wliipple Eazee, b. Nov. 9, 1790; m. 1st N. Harding, 3d J. Bil- 
lings, 3d J. Bowditeli. 
1170—3. Olney Eazee, 1). Jnne 5, '93; m. Sally Ellis about 1812. 
1171— ;l William Eazee, \^. July 14, '95; d. u. m. Aug. 3, 1854, a. 59 yrs. 19 ds. 


1172—4. Sally Kazee, 1). Oct. 1T!»;; m. Joseph Jacobs Sept. 25, 1817. 
1173—5. Beiijamiu Eazee, li. Aug. 4, 1801; m. Adaline Follett Apl. 6, 1829. 

The Razees held an influential rank among the substantial yeo- 
manry of Cumberland, R. I., and this family honored their social 
standing-. Anthony Razee d. Sept. 29, 1829, in his TGth yr. Mrs. 
Sarah', or Sally as she was familiarly called, d. Apl. 13, 1858, in 
her 91st yr. 

[280.] Simon Pickering', (Samuel), Sarah Ballou', Nathaniel', 
James", Maturin' ; b. in Bellingham, Mass., July 20, 1704:; m. 
Rhoda Wilcox, dr. of Daniel Wilcox, Issue, all b. in Bellingham, 

Mass. — 

1174— 1. Samnel Pickering-, h. Sept. 12, 1790; m. Elizabeth Hutchinson. 

1175— 2. Anna Pickering, b. Dec. 27, '91; m. George Taft. 

1176— 3. Sally Pickering, b. June 29, '94; d. Sept. 28, 1803. 

1177— 4. Esther B. Pickering, b. Nov. 13, '96; m. Pliny Cook Sept. 30, 1825. 

1178 — 5. Ellefell Pickering, b. Apl. 19, '99; d. a young woman u. m. 

1179— 6. Eosanna Pickering, b. May 17, 1801; m. Oliver Eazee 1819. 

1180— 7. Sally Pickering, b. Oct. 12, '03; m. Galen Cook Oct. 17, 1822. 

1181— 8. Daniel W. Pickering, b. '06; m. Elizabeth Thompson Sept. 

3, 1829. 

1182— 9. Simon Pickering, Jr., b. '08; m. Elizabeth Whiting Jan. 26, 

1183—10. Ehoda W. Pickering, b. June 12, '10; m. Welcome B. Cook Jan. 
14, 1826. 

Simon Pickering", we jiresume, lived and d. on the patrimonial 
homestead in South Belliugham, on the old Reholioth Road, half 
a mile northerly from the " Crook's place," so called. He is un- 
derstood to have inherited it fi'oni his father. Little has l)een told 
us of his characteristics ; but both he and his wife sprung from a 
worthy stock of useful common people, and did not dishonor their 
parentage. They must have had their hearts and hands full of 
responsibility with so large a family. Simon'^ was killed, by being 
thrown from his horse, in the month of January, 1810. He spoke 
not a word, and d. almost instantly. Mrs. Rhoda survived him 
long enough to see the youngest of their chn. married and raising 
up another generation. She d. May 24, 1840, on the family home- 
stead a. over 70 yrs. ; and the writer ministered at her funeral ; 
which was a double one, including the obsequies of a little grand 
dr. l)eariiig her name. 


[281.] Maky PiCKEiiiNo", the next born of Samuel and Sarah 
(Ballou) Pickering, 2)rol). d. in infancy. No tale of her survives 

to our knowledge. 


[282.] LoviNA PickekinCt' (Samuel), Sarah Ballon', Nathanier, 
James", Matiirin' ; b. in Bellingliam, Mass., Dec. 8, 1768; m. in 
elderly maideuliood, Oliver Folhtt of Cnniberland, B. I. ; cer. Mar, 
18, 1821, by William Arnold, J. P. No issue. The date of her 
death, nor that of her husband, have never been communicated to 

[283.1 Esther Pickering" (Samuel), Sarah Ballon', Nathaniel', 
James', Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Apl. 29, 1772; m. HV/- 
I'mm B'dlhigs, Jr., his birthplace not g-iven, b. 1767 ; cer. in Cum- 
berland, E. I., Aug-. 20, 1789, by Levi Ballon, J. P. Issue, b. in 
said Bellingham, or possibly in Charlton, Mass. — 

1184—1. Samuel Billings, b. Dec. 8, 1789; m. Abigail Adams. 

Mrs. Esther' d. Oct. 28, 1795, a. 23 yrs. and 6 mos. Her husband 
m. a 2d wife, and had chn. by her. He d. Apl. 11, 1817, a. about 
50 yrs. 

[281.] EuTH Pickering' (Samuel), Sarah Ballon', d. in elderly 
maidenhood on the paternal homestead May, 1854, a. about 80 yrs. 

[285.] Eunice Pickering", the next in birth-date, d. in early 
womanhood, u. m., Nov. 6, 1798, a. 21 yrs. and 4 mos. 

[286.] Philadelphia or Phila Pickering" (Samuel), Sarah Bal- 
lon', Nathanier, James', Maturin' ; b. in Belling-ham, Mass., Oct. 
31, 1779 ; m. Bani Bartlett (Eber, Joseph, Jacob, John), b. in 
Cumberland, E. I., Dec. 19, 1772; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 2, 
1802, by John Eog-ers, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

1185—1. Willard Bartlett, b. ; d. aged 2 yrs. 

1186—2. Maria Bartlett, b. Apl. 20, 1804; m. Anthony Sweet Aug. 18, 1825. 

1187—3. Bber Bartlett, b. Sept. 18, '05; m. Deborah Brownell. 

1188-4. Sarah Bartlett, b. Feb. 29, '08; m. Geo. W. Tingley. 

1189—5. Varnum Bartlett, b. May 10, '10; u. m. 

1190—6. Lavinia Bartlett, b. June 16, '14; m. Sylvester W. Jillson. 

1191—7. Burrill Bartlett, b. Oct. 22, '16; m. Ann Maria Phettiplace, 1845. 

Philadelphia Pickering' and husband dwelt on a homestead in 
Cumberland, E. I., a short distance south of Bellingham line, at 
its southeasterly corner. They occupied a reputable rank of social 
standing, and brought up a worthy family. He d. July 4, 1835 ; 
and she followed him Mar. 4, 1837. 

[287.] Jesse Ballou', Ezekiel', Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; b. 
on territory then in Wrentham, Mass., but soon after included in 


Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 30, 1741 ; m. 1st Bhoda Salishvry, dr, of 
Jonathan of Glocestev, b. Oct. 20, 1735 ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Nov. 8, 1761, by John Goold, J. P. Issue.— 

1192—1 Darius'! b. in Cumberland, E. I., June 17, 1762; m. Sylvia 

'• t^ins Metcalf July 1, 1785. 

1193—2, Sarah j ' ' b. in Cumberland, E. I., June 17, 1762; m. Bar- 

J ney Clark Sept. 8, 1784. 

1194—3. Zer\dah, b. in Wrentliam, Mass., May 3, 1764; m. Albee. 

1195—4. Ezekiel, b. in Wrentliam, Mass., Feb. 14, '66; m. 1st Sylvia Wil- 
cox, 2d Nelly Parkhurst. 

Mrs. Rboda (Salisbruy) Ballon d. Apl. 29, 1768, in lier 32 yr. 
Jesse^ m. 2d Lyd'ia Mason of Cumberland, dr. of Pelatiali Mason 
(birtb-date not g-iven); cer. Oct. 6, 1768, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. 
Issue. — 

1196—5. Pelatiah, b. in Wrentliam, Mass., Feb. 21, 1770; m. Hannali Shel- 
don 1794. 

Mrs. Lydia (Mason) Ballon d. Aug. 3, 1770, in her 32 yr. And 
Jesse" m. Elizabeth Pitts, dr. of Jonathan Pitts, birthplace and 
birth-date not indicated; cer. in Cumberland Jan. 11, 1776, by 
Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue. — 

1197—6. William Pitts, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Au^. 31, 1778; d. u. m. 

May 21, 1807. 
1198—7. Otis, b. in Wrentliam, Mass., Nov. 2, '79; m. Nancy Jencks. 
1199—8. Olive, b. in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 10, '82; m. John Butnian. 

Capt. Jesse was an active man of more than ordinary intelli- 
gence, in a community of farmers, a citizen of influence and a 
captain of militia. He accepted the doctrine of universal salva- 
tion under the preaching- of Eev. Hosea Ballon, and his arguments 
and persuasive eloquence were the means of making many con- 
verts in that locality. He was a man of large benevolence and 
unbounded charity, giving freely of his substance. In addition 
to his large family, he adopted three children of his friend Abigail 
Cook (daughter of Daniel), viz. — 

1200— 9. Irena, b. June 8, 1790; m. Clark Jillson. 
1201—10. Willard, b. Dec. 15, 1794; m. Asenath Gaskill. 
1202—11. Alden, b. Dec. 1797; m. Irene Darling. 

He died on his homestead in Wrentliam, March 16, 1800, in his 
59th year. Elizabeth (Pitts) Ballon, his widow, died March 16, 
1841, in her 94th year. Abigail Cook died June 14, 1851, in her 
84th year. 


Sitli yr. ; i^erliaps a better Avoinaii than some of better fame and 
fortune. The most hioh Father judi^eth all justly. 

[288. J Levi Ballou', Ezekiel', Obadiali', James", Maturin'; b. 
on territory then in Wreiitham, Mass., soon after in Cumberland, 
R. I., Sept. 23, 1744; m. (Uymfovt Thoinpxon, ptge. and birthplace 
not found, b. July 13, 1746; cer. in said Cumberland Mar. 21, 1705, 
by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all b. in Cumberland. — 

1208— 1. Efichel, ]). Sept. 11, IKjr); d. 2!)th of the same mouth. 

1'204— 2. Phik'Uii, 1). Oct. (?, '0(5; m. Arthur Cook Dec. 11, 1788. 

1205— 8. Elioda, 1). Dee. 15, '(58; m. Thaddeus Cook Sept. 15, 1785. 

120G— 4. VieuiiH, b. Jan. 29, '71; m. Ist Willard Freeman, 2d Z. Darliug-. 

1207— 5. Welcome, b. Mar. 1, '78; m. Mary Wilcox Mar. 17, 1794. 

1208— (5. J(jaiiiia, b. Feb. 25, '75; m. Zimri Cook Nov. 7, 1798. 

1209— 7. Flavins J., b. Oct. 18, '7(5; m. Pliila Cook Oct. 14, 1798. 

1210— 8. Rachel \ . 1). May s, '80; m. Levi Cook Apl. 12, 1801. 

1211— 9. Emilia ) *^^'"^"' Ti. May 8, '80; m. Lemuel Hall 1802. 
1212—10. Levi, Jr., b. Aug. 29, '82; m. H(>i>hzibah Metcalf May 10, 1804. 
1218—11. Oluey, b. Sept. 28, '84; m. Florentina Wliipi)le Feb. 8, 1812. 
1214—12. Barton, b. July 19, '91; m. 1st Sarah, 2d Deborah Rathbnn. 

Levi Ballou', Esq., and his wife were an intellig-ent, upright, 
exemplary coninibial pair. They were eminent in the fi'ont social 
rank of their community, and reared up their large family wdth 
credit to themselves, respectalulity to their chn., and treasurely 
profit to society. He was conspicuous in his vicinage as a Revo- 
lutionary patriot, shared largely in town offices of honor and re- 
sponsibility, was long a popular Justice of the Peace, frequently 
represented his fellow citizens in the General Assembly of the 
State, and was a much trusted counsellor in the affairs of his 
neighborhood. His wife " opened her mouth with wisdom, and 
in her tongue was the law of kindness." So " her chn. rose up 
and called her blessed." He d. July 13, 1805. The Phoenix, a 
Providence newspaper of those days, briefly noticed his decease 
thus. — " Died in Cumberland, on Monday last, Levi Ballou, Esq., 
one of the Representatives of that town in the General Assembly. 
He was an industrious and upright man, and merited the appro- 
bation and esteem of all good citizens in his private and public 
life." We may add that he departed in the firm assurance of 
final universal l)lessedness for the whole human race. He passed 
away in his 61st yr. His worthy wid. survived him over 20 yrs. 
She d. Oct. 28, 1826, in her 81st yr. AVe recollect well ministering 
at her funeral in the ancient Ballou Meetinghouse. So her ashes 



repose by the side of her husband's in the old Burial Ground of 
the Cumberland Ballous. 



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[289.] Amey Ballou", EzekieP, Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; b. 
on territory then in Wrentham, Mass., but presently thereafter in 
Cumberland, B. I., Nov. 24, 1745 ; m. Benjamhi Gaak'dl of Smith- 
field, B. I., son of Samuel Gaskill of Meiidon, Mass. ; cer. in said 
Cumberland Apl. 12, 1764, by Uriah Jillson, J. P. Issue, b. as 
indicated below. — 

Laviua Gaskill, L. Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 27, 1765. 

Joamia Gaskill, b. " " Jan. 19, '68. 

Ezekiel Gaskill, b. " " Dec. 12, '69; m. Elizabeth 

Patience Gaskill, b. Uxbrid-Jfe, Mass., Feb. 12, '71. 
Daniel Gaskill, b. " " May 9, '74. 

Nathan Gaskill, b. Uxbridge, Mass., Au^. 5, '76; d. Apl. 16, 1779. 
Hosea Gaskill, b. " " Mar. 9, '79. 

Sarah Gaskill, b. " " June 10, '81 ; m. Jesse Morse. 

Lucy Gaskill, b. " " May 16, '84; d. July 25, 1785. 

Verney Gaskill, b. " " June 12, '86; d. Apl. 19, 1795. 

Amey Gaskill, b. Smithiield, R. L, Apl. 30, '89; m. Asahel Elliot. 

Without any specific testimony, we infer that Amey Ballou ' and 
her husband were very worthy iieople. From the fact that we find 
a portion of their family record in the Friends' Eegistry of Smith- 
field, B. I., they may be presumed to have been members of that 
Christian denomination, or at least regular attendants of its meet- 
ings. And bad people are not apt to be attracted to such society. 
Benjamin Gaskill was a descendant, perhaps great grandson, of 
that Samuel GaskiU who was persecuted in Salem, Mass., in the 
days of yore, for his Quaker attachments. It would seem that 
Benjamin and Amey (Ballou) Gaskill lived alternately in Smith- 
field, B. I., and Uxbridge, Mass. ; just ichei'e we have not been 
told, probably on homesteads not far apart. Some of their chn., 
we see, were b. in one of these towns, and some in the other. 
They d. in Uxbridge, she Jan 16, 1817 ; and he Apl. 22, 1818. 

I 290.] Ma.tok Beuben Ballou", Ezekier, Obadiah', James", Ma- 
turin' ; Ij. in Cumberland, B. I., soon after its incorporation, Nov. 
26, 1747; m. 1st Chloe Coimtock, dr. of Joseph- Comstock, b. per- 


haps ill the neighborhood of Woonsocket ; car. Nov. 29, 17G7, by 
Stephen Arnold, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — 

1226—1. George, Id. June 30, 1768; m. Anna Bartlett Sept. 12, 1794. 

1227—2. Sina, b. June 9, '70; m. 1st Cyrenius Eawson, 2d Silas Cook. 

1228-3. Eeuben, Jr., b. Aug. 24, 1775; drowned June 16, 1787. 

1229—4. Anna, b. June 22, '78; m. Daniel Paine. 

1230—5. Chloe, b. perhaps, '81; m. Levin Jillson, Feb. 9, 1801. 

Some memoranda intimate that there was a dr. Eebecca, but do 
not indicate her birth-date, or where she belongs in the family 
list. If there was such as a child, she must have d. young. 

Mrs. Chloe (Comstock) Ballon is said to have d. in 1782; but the 
precise date has not been given us. Keuben' m. 2d Freelove W/iip- 
ple of Providence, dr. of Capt. John Whipple of Cumberland, E. 
I., b. there Sept. 24, 1758 ; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 30, 1787, 
by Jothani Carpenter, J. P. Issue, b. in Providence, E. I. — 

1231—6. John W. C. M., b. Nov. 26, 1784; d. June 26, 1791. 

1232—7. William, b. Nov. 25, '85; m. Sally Smith. 

1233—8. Laviuia, b. Dec. 26, '87; m. James Jones. 

1234-9. Nathan, b. '90; d. Aug. 18, 1792. 

Eeuben Ballon' is said to have been a handsome, portly man of 
intelligent mind and prepossessing address. He w^eut early into 
the Continental army, and was commissioned a captain soon after 
the battle of Bunker Hill. Later he became Major, but whether 
of the Eevolutionary troops, or of the militia, we do not clearly 
understand, though probably of the former. He had acquired the 
bearing and suavity of a military gentleman, and was at home in 
circles of that class. He was an enterprising business man as a 
meat provisionist and general trader. But like too many favorites 
of nature his w\arm passions gradually betrayed him into damag- 
ing habits of fast living. These habits seemed to culminate on 
the death of his first wife, and- somewhat soiled the fair mantle of 
public estimation he had won, though they did not divest him 
of all the generous qualities which characterized his manhood. 
Meantime he was attracted and ardently attached to the woman 
who became his 2d wife, Freelove Whipple. She was a stately, 
handsome, capable and captivating woman — a princess in her 
social sphere — the counterpart of Major Eeuben. They were 
mutually charmed with each other, and became one. He was 
Capt. in Col. John Cook's regiment of infantry in Dec. 1776, Capt. 
in Col. Archibald Crary's regiment in 1777, Capt. of Cumberland 
Alarm Co. in 1779, and Major of Eegiment of Militia, Senior Class, 


in County of Providence, in 1781, 1782 and 1783. He sustained 
his reputation as an officer through the war, and took part in all 
the eng-agements of his regiment. He was afterward engaged in 
the business of marketing, butchering and general trade in the 
town of Providence, which he continued till his death, Sept. 19, 
1803, in his 56th year. His widow d. Oct. 22, 1823, in her 65th 
year. Both died in Providence and were buried in the Ballon 
Cemetery of Cumberland, E. I. 

[291.] Capt. Asa Ballou', EzekieP, Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 2, 1750 ; m. Phebe Comstock of Smith- 
field, E. I., dr. of Joseph Comstock, and sister of Eeuben's wife, 
birth-date not ascertained ; cer. Sept. 8, 1769, by Stephen Arnold, 
J. P. Issue. — 

1335 — 1. Lavina, b. in Cumberland, May 4, 1770; m. William Bowen. 

1236—2. Luke, b. in Cumberland, Aug. 5, '71; m. Eliza Smitli. 

1237—3. Silas, b. in Cumberland, July 23,' 76; m. Phebe Pray, Oct. 11, 1794. 

1238—4. Phebe, b. in Wrentham, Mass., May 28, '81; m. Charles Hortou. 

1239 — 5. Esther, b. place and date not given; m. Dudley Wade Maj' 4, 1806. 

1240—6. Waity, b. " " ; m. James Hopkins. 

1241 — 7. Joanna, b. " " ; m. Job Seamans. 

It has been difficult to find the pathway of Capt. Asa Ballou's 
life-career ; but we feel warranted in stating that he was a captain 
in the Eevolutionary War ; that soon after the Peace of 1783 he 
removed from the neighborhood of his nativity to North Provi- 
dence, E. I., and thence in 1786 or '87 to Foster, E. I., where he 
became a large trading landholder; and that there he d. Jan. 16, 
1807, a. 56 yrs. 10 mos. and Itt ds. He made his Will just before 
his death, providing for the settlement of his estate by his wife as 
executrix. She d. there sometime during the year 1825, and her 
estate was settled by Gideon Burgess, admr. It seems rather 
strange that so little information has come down to us concerning 
Capt. Asa' and wife, but we must be content with what has. 

[292.] Mary Ballou', next b. of this family, d. in infancy. 

[293.] Anna Ballou", EzekieF, Obadiah', James', Maturiu' ; b. 
in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 1, 1756 ; m. El'ijalt Brown (Stephen, 
Sen., Joseph, John, John), b. in said Cumberland Mar. 1, 1756 ; 
cer. May 29, 1774, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Already given. See 
back No. [247]. 

[294.] Joanna Ballou', EzekieF, Obadiah", James", Matimn' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. |., Sept. 27, 1759 ; m. Olive?' Carpenter (Jo- 

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tlmm, Jotlijim, Beujaniii], William, William), 1). in said (himber- 
land Nov. 15, 1753 ; cer. May 14, 1775, by Eld. Abner Ballon. For 
some reason tlie record of the family differs from that of the town, 
in respect to the date of the marriage ; giving it as Jan. 1, 1775, 
instead of May 14. We meet with many snch discrepancies. 
Issne, nnderstood to liave been b. in Mendon, Mass., or certainly 
most of them. — 

1242 — 1. Lillis Carpenter, 1). Apl. 2i), 1777; m. Alexander Thayer June 

5, 1794. 
Dexter Carpenter, b. Nov. 27, '79; m. Drusey Kelley 1801. 
Levi Carpenter, 1). Feb. 24, '82; m. Eunice Taft. 
Lavina Carpenter, b. Feb. 17, '86; m. Edward Tlimpson May 

17, 1803. 
Reuben B. Carpenter, b. Oct. 2, '88; d. Jan. 11, 1789. 
Anna Cariienter ) b. Dec. 16, '89; m. Joshua Narrow- 

twins, more 1828. 

Joanna Carpenter) 1). Dee. 16, '89; d. Mar. 21, 1795. 

Aljio-ail Carpenter, 1). Sept. 16, '92; m. Israel Wilkinson Dec. 

10, 1813. 
Laura Carpenter, b. June 4, '98; ni. Georo-e Hicks Oct. 29, 1815. 
Joanna Carpenter, V). Jan. 21, 1808; living u. m., Brainard, N. Y., 

No Inographical materials at onr command enable us to give 
the characteristics or experiences of Joanna' and her husband ; 
but relialde traditional fame testifies to their eminent moral, social 
and domestic worth. We understand that their homestead was 
the 6ne now kuow^n as the Nathan Aldrich place, a mile or more 
southerly from Mendon Town, on the old Eehoboth road. Thence 
they removed, about 1804, to Nassau, N. Y. There they d. ; she 
Nov. 22, 1832, a. 73 yi-s. 1 mo. 27 ds. ; he July 13, 1845, a. 91 yrs. 
7 mos. 29 ds. 

[295.] Aaron Newell' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), Su- 
sanna Ballon', Oliadiah', James", Maturiu' ; b. on territory soon 
after included in Cumberland, K. I., Aug. 19, 1740 ; m. Sum/i T'lU- 
Kon of said Cumberland (ptge. and birth-date not given) ; cer. Dec. 
29, 17(53, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, 8 b. in Cumberland, and 
2 in Holden, Mass., whither they removed and settled, perhaps in 
1778 or '9.— 

1251— 1. Elisha Newell, b. Oct. 1, 1764; sett. Delaware, Delaware Co., O. 

1252— 2. Benjamin Newell, b. Aug. 8, '66; sett, in N. York State, and m. 


1253— 8. Mary Newell \ . b. May 20, '70; d. u. m. 

1254— 4. Susanna Newell i *^'"^"' b. May 20, '70; untraced. 










222 A A R OH A j\W DA VI D NU WEL L ^- 

Cynthiji NeM'ell, b. Apl. 8, 1772; d. n. ra. 

Ruins Newell, b. Jau. 30, '74; m. Abi^'ail Newton, Holdeu, Mass. 

Amos Newell, 1). Nov. 18, '75; m. Hannah Hone, " " 

Plu'be Newell, 1). Apl. 28, '78; m. Mr. Howe; sett. Ludlow, Vt. 

Nalium Newell, h. not found; in. Betsey Hastiness; sett. Dela- 
ware, O. 
12(50 — 10. Amej" Newell, h. not found; m. Ambrose Tales; sett. Holden, 

We can say little of these parents, eitlier from records, docu- 
ments or traditionary report. Tlie stock fi'om wliicli they si)rang' 
was respectable, and we do not doubt they proved themselves 
worthy of their ancestry. And to rear so large a family must have 
required good stamina, much responsibility and many trying vigils. 
Whether we can afford the pains and expense of tracing their 
descendants further down the stream of time, we doubt. It re- 
mains to be seen. 

[290. 1 David Neayell', 'Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), Su- 
sanna Ballon^ Obadiah", James", Maturin' ; b. on territorj^ soon 
a^ter included in Cumberland, R. I., June 20, 1742; m. Sit.snnna 
Cook (Daniel, Nicholas, Walter), b. in Wrentham, Mass., Mar. 3, 
1743 ; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 20, 1704, by Eld. Nathaniel 
Cook, Issue. — 

13(51—1. David Newell, Jr., b. Cumberland^ R. I., 1770; m. 1st Elizabeth 

Metcalf, 3d C. Williams. 
1363—3. Silas Newell, b. Cuml)i'vland, R. I., not found; set. Monroe, 

Orange Co., N. Y. 
12(53 — 3. Levi Newell, 1). Cumbtu-land, R. I. not found; m. Caroline Matilda 

1204—4. Ziba Newell, b. Cumberland, R. I., not found; m. and resided 

in Warren, R. I. 

From our imperfect memoranda, it would seem that Mrs. Su- 
sanna (1. at a date not given, and that David' m. a 2d wife, Klha- 
het/i, by Avhom he had at least one son. — 

12G5— 5. Reuben Newell, 1). July 14, 1795; untraced. 

This is another case in which we have the mortification to ex- 
hibit a bungling and very defective family record. But we could 
not do better, without unreasonable cost and pains. So we will 
give the substance of what has come to us concerning this family, 
and pursue its tracement no further. Letters to Mr. Peck, from 
grand sons of David'', in the year 1875, state that David NewelP, 
moved to Pelham, Mass., hired farms on shares, was a hard worker 


aud finally died there with his son Levi. David, Jr., had by his 
t^\'() wives 8 clin. in all, and lived and d. in Pelhain, Mass. Silas" 
ni., had several elm., removed to New York State, and finally d. in 
Monroe, Orang-e Co. Levi", who married Caroline Matilda Bal- 
lou'", (Benjamin', Obadiah', James', Matiirin') Oct. 1, 1795, hved, 
and d. in Pelliam, Mass. They had no chn. Ziba had 2 sons, and 
lived at one time in Warren, K. I. Reu])eu' m., had a larg-e fam- 
ily, and d. somewhere in the State of New York. He was a son 
of David Jr. "William', sou of Silas", one of Mr. Peck's corres- 
pondents in 1875, above referred to, then resided at North Bay, 
Oneida Co., N. York. We have no more to offer, and wish for no 
more of this unspecific sort. Let those interested, who have means, 
leisure aud relish for round-about research, — work out the prob- 
lems involved in this Newell genealog-y. 

[297.] Hope Ballou', Daniel', Obadiah', James", Maturin'; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 2, 174G ; m. Darud Barnes. No in- 
quiry elicits any specific information concerning Daniel Barnes, 
his ptge., birthplace, birth-date, or the family residence. Re- 
ported issue. — 

12GG — 1. Heury Barnes, b. 

13G7— 3. Eiiocli Barnes, b. 

1208 — 3. Daniel Barnes, Jr., b. 

1209—4. Pliila Barnes, b. 

1270-5. Elsie Barnes, b. 

1271—0. Lillis Barnes, b. 

1272 — 7. Oplielia Barnes, b. 

It is genealogically deplorable that we can tell no more of these 
cousins. But our researchers rei)ort that they can find nothing 
else. Probably if they had fallen heirs to a few millions of money, 
a host of them and their descendants would have been identified. 
But we find neither pleasure nor profit in scolding about the rec- 
ordless seclusion of our relations ; albeit there is more of it than 
we can be proud of, or thaukful for. 

[298.] JosErH B.\IjLOU', Daniel', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, R. I., now Burrillville, Jan. 20, 1748 ; m. S<ifii/i 
iSweet, dr. of Timothy Sweet, b. in said Glocester Sept. 17, 1747 ; 
cer. Apl. 4, 1771, by Timothy Wilmarth, J. P. Issue, all b. in 
Glocester, now Burrillville. — 

1278—1. Amey, b. Oct. 11, 1771; ni. Pliilii) Walden Apl. s, 17'J2. 
1274—2. Hannah, b. July 2, '7:1; ni. Isaac Paine Apl. 11), 171)5. 


1275—3. Esther, b. Feb. 33, 1775; ni. Bradley Green June 28, 1799. 

1276—4. Mary ) . b. Mar. 14, '78; m. William Aklrich Jan. 27, 1799. 

1277—5. Martha i *^^'"^^' b. Mar. 14, '78; m. Asa Gary June 23, 1799. 

1278—6. Daniel, b. Oct. 13, '80; m. 1st Mary Brown, 2a Mercy Brown. 

1279—7. Joseph, b. Oct. 30, '83; m. Lncretia Darling Aug. 30, 1801. 

Josei^li Ballou" inlierited and sett, on the paternal homestead, 
two miles southerly from the village of Pascoag in now Burrill- 
ville, R. I., already described. He and his wife were of good 
repute among the substantial yeomanry of their vicinage. He d. 
in the ripeness of middle age Feb. 9, 1801, a. 53 yrs. and 17 ds. 
Glocester Probate Records show that he made his Will Dec. 5, 
1800, which was duly executed by his widow and his son-in-law, 
Philip Walden, joint executors. Mrs. Sarah, his wid., survived 
him over 25 yrs., and d. Apl. 25, 1826, a. 78 yrs. 7 mos. and 8 ds. 

[299.] Anna Ballou", Daniel', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, K. I., May 10, 1751 ; m. Jererida/i 
/Sande7's, son of Robert kSanders, birth-date not found ; cer. May 
20, 1773, by Abraham Waterman, J. P. Issue. — 

1280—1. Deborah Sanders, b. 

1281 — 2. Jeremiah Sanders, I). 

1282 — 3. Miriam Sanders, 1). 

1283 — 4. Asahel Sanders, b. 

Somebody knows, or once kneAv, all about these parents and 
clin. But they and their descendants have eluded the detection 
of our researcher ; and we must leave them, like too many of 
their kindred, amid the shades of unhistoried obscurity. 

[300.] Susanna Ballou", Daniel', Obadiah', James", Maturin'; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Feb. 27, 1754 ; m. 
liafas Baker, ptge., birth-date, &c., not found ; cer. Sept. l-l, 
1783, by Jona. Harris, J. P. Issue. — 

1284—1. Admirable Baker, b. 
1285—2. Delilah Baker, b. 

Here we are still in tlie same regretable obscurity, j^eering out 
into thick darkness. We have called for Hglit, but called in vain. 
So we must leave this family and their descendants to better in- 
formed genealogists and biographers. The Bakers will ]irobably 
look them up and register them in their (^hronicles. 

[301.] Martha Ballou", Danier, Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Dec. 29, 17(51 ; m. 1st 


Wdliaiii (>u\'ii, ptge., birtli-cLite, Ac, not found; cer. Feb. 5, 1798, 
by Eld. Wni. Boweii. No issue. Mr. Owen is understood to have 
d. AfterAvard Mrs. Martha ni. 2d Christopher Sayles. No issue ; 
and no further particuLirs re})orted, except that she d. in 2d wid- 
owhood, on the okl patrimonial homestead, with her g't. nephew. 
Job Ballon, a. over 90 yrs. 

[302.] Sylvanus Ballou", Daniel', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, E. I., Feb. 10, 1767; m. 1st 2ferry IJ'ntds, dr. of a 
clergyman styled Elder Hinds, no liirth-date given ; cer. Jan. 10, 
1788, by Eld. Wm. Owen. Issue, b. in said Glocester. — 

1386—1. Amasa, 1). Jan. 31, 1801; m. 1st Cyrcne Cook, 3a Maria Thorp. 

Mrs. Mercy was a woman of delicate constitution and hereditary 
predispositi(ni to suicide, l)y which she terminated her own life, at 
a date not giyen, probably in NorAvich, N. Y., not far from 1810. 
Subsequently Sylvanus'' m. 2d Ruth Bell of New Berlin, N. Y., a 
lady of ability and ciilture. She lived but a few years — no dates 
given. He m. 3d Ami/ Pahie, dr. of Isaac and Hannah (Ballon) 
Paine, b. in Burrillville, E. L, May 17, 180G ; cer. prob. in Nor- 
wich, N. Y., al)out 1827 or '28. Issue, b. in said Norwich. — 

1387—3. Amlrew Jackson, b. Oct. 7, 1833; m. Lois S. Ross Nov. 18, 1880. 
1388—3. Daniel, Eev., 1). Dec. D, '38; m. Betsey M. Wehl) Oct. 1, 1863. 

Sylvanus Ballon' was a man of robust constitution, enterprise, 
and executive ability. He sold his farm in Glocester, E. I., to 
Seth Ballon in 1805, and in 1807 removed to Norwich, N. Y. He 
was among- the pioneer settlers of that locality. He prospered, 
and l^ecame a large landholder. In his old ag-e, when about 85, 
he removed to Smithville, in the same County of Chenang-o, N. Y. 
There he d. Dec. 1, 18S7, a. 90 yrs. 9 mos. and 21 ds. His widow 
was surviving- at last advices. 

1 303. 1 DEnoitAH Ballou", Daniel', Ol)adiah', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, E. I., prol). about 1770. Mr. Peck sought in vain 
to ascertain the family record of this Deborah Ballon. He ob- 
tained a vague rei)ort that she m. Isaac Paine, which was super- 
seded by another that she m.* a man named Yonders (unless we 
mistake the chirog-raphy for Saunders). We have sent out fresh 
inquiries, and got nothing. We nnist therefore leave her in this 
limbo of inscrutable conjecture. 

[304.] Lavinia Ballou", Eev. Abner*, Obadiah", James", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, E. I., Feb. 1, 1753 ; m. Nathaniel Jillson 



(Nathaniel. Nathaniel, James), b. in said Cumberland Oct. 5, 174:9 ; 
cer. Nov. 9, 1769, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue.— 

1289—1. Welcome Jillson, b. Apl. 15, 1771; m. Lucina Brown Mar. 1, 1795. 

Mrs. Lavinia lived only a few days after Welcome's birth. She 
d. Apl. 27, 1771, much beloved and lamented. Her husband was 
subsequently twice m. and had numerous cliu. See JlUwn Gen- 
ealogy, p. 82, &,c. 

[3U5.] Maj. William Ballou", Kev. Abner', Obadiah', James", 
Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, K. I., Dec. 24, 1753 ; m. Sally Ben- 
nett, dr. of John Bennett, birth-date not given ; cer. in said Cum- 
berland Feb. 2, 1777, by Peter Darling-, J. P. Issue, all b. in 
Cumberland. — 

13S9i— 1. Pearley, b. July 11, 1778; ni. Nalmm Bates June 7, 1797. 

1390 —3. William, b. Sept. (3, '83; m. 1st Abii^-ail Brown, 3d Rebecca Wil- 


1391 —3. Willard, b. Mar. 39, '80; d. u. m. Sept. 37, 1853. 
1393 —4. Nathan, b. Oct. 8, '91 ; d. u. m. June 38, 18GG. 
1398 —5. Sally, b. Apl. G, '95; d. u. m. Sept. 30, 1837. 

W^illiam Ballou ' was a man of stately presence and good natural 
abilities. He inherited a respectable estate from his Rev. father, 
and rose in the militia of his vicinage to the rank of Major, which 
title was usually given him in the days of our youthful knowledg-e. 
Major William" d. June 16, 1889, a. 85 yrs. 6 mos. Mrs. Sally 
(Bennett) Ballou d. Nov. 12, 1887. 

[306.] Nathan Ballou', Rev. Abner', Obadiah', James'-', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 18, 1758 ; and d. in the 
flower of promise, unmarried, Aug. 13, 1787, a. a little over 29 
yrs. No biographical characteristics handed down. 

[807.] Ar.iGAiL Ballou", Rev. Abner', Obadiah"', James", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 22, 1761; m. John Fi^ke, 
son of Maj. John Fiske, b. in said Cumberland Oct. 24, 17()0 ; cer. 
Apl. 14, 1784, by Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issue, 3 b. in said 
Cumberland and the youngest 2 in AVestborough, Mass. — 

1394—1. James Ballou Fiske, b. Dec. 14, 1784; m. Rebecca McGaw Jan. 

18, 1S14. 
1395—3. Nathan Fiske, b. Feb. 1, '87; m. Sarah Arnold Mar. 35, 181G. 
139G— 3. Betsey Fiske, b. Oct. 34, '90; m. Josiah Brigham Nov. 33, 1814. 
1397—4. John Fiske, Jr., 1). Pec. 7, '95; m. 1st Mary Zapish, 3d Mary 



'-' -z • 

1298—5. Horace Snraiior Fisko, 1). Jiiiio 24, 179!); m. 1st Al)i--ail A. Bass, 
2(1 Anna E. Davis. 

John Fiskc and wife Avere intollisent, worthy ;in(l r(!sp(M'tal)le 
people of the substantial farmer class, and did honor to a reputa- 
ble ancestry. Tlieir descendants inherited good blood from them, 
and have l)een distingnished for intellect, enterprise and iiioial 
worth. After the birth of three clin. in Cumberland, Abigail' and 
husband removed to Westboroug-h, Mass., Apl. 1, 17i)4. There 
they had two more chn., and remained till 1801, when they settled 
in Northboroug'h, Mass. On their homestead there they sj^ent 
their remaining earthly days. She d. Jan, 3, 1819. He d. Mar. 
2G, 1837. 

[308.] Abnep. B.vllou", Rev. Abner', Obadiah', James", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumljerland, li. I., k\A. 1, 1763; m. Ifciiricfta Broim 
(Stephen, Ste])lien, Joseph, John, John), b. in said Cund)erland 
Sept. 13, 1772 ; cer. Jan. 3, 1790, by Elijah Brown, J. P. Issue, 
all b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

1299— 1. Milton, 1). Mar. 6, 1791; d. Oct. 19, 1792. 

1800— 2. Aloxander, li. An^-. 27, '92; m. raiiny Sweetser Aui;'. 27, IS] 7. 

1301— 3. Lucy, 1). Au^. 19, '94; m. Kuiglit Wliipple Dec. 21, 1819. 

1302— 4. Stephen Brown, h. Nov. 22, '95; d. u. m. Lockport, N. Y., July 

9, 1801. 

1303— 5. Betsey, b. Oct. 22, '99; m. 1st Arnold Jenckes, 2d Lukc^ -Tenekes, 


1304— G. Abner, b. Feb. 18, 1802; m. Hannah Norcross Mar. 1828. 

1305— 7. Sumner, b. Mar. 24, '04; m. Harriet Daniels Jan. 1832. 

1306— 8. Harriet Amelia, li. July 7, '00; d. July 3, 1808. 

1307— 9. Maria Ann, b. Dee. 19," '09; m. Kensselaer S. Wilkinson Apl. 30. 

1308—10. Henrietta, b. July 12, '12; res. Lockport, N. Y. 

Abner Ballou", Esq., and wife were a highly intelligent, upright, 
orderly, economical, circumspect and exemplary pair in all the 
relations of life. The writer grew up in tlieir neighborhood, and 
was well acquainted with them. They dwelt on the homestead, 
originally owned by James Ballon', and which Eev. Abner' bought 
of James' in 1774. It was immediately adjacent to the " Ballou 
Meetinghouse," and was wholly, or partly, inherited from Rev. 
Abner". Abner', about the yr. 1800, superseded the ancient dom- 
icile with a handsome two-story mansion, retaining in the ell a 
rejuvenated portion of the original structure. There they dwelt 
most of their days, judiciously managing a considerable farm, and 
rearing up worthily tlieir large family. She was a lady of delicate 
health, but discharged her connubial and maternal responsibilities 


most credital)ly. He was a sedate, staid, dignified man, in his 
home, neighborhood and the general commnnity — -systematical, 
methodical, economical, prudent, and successful in all his afi'airs. 
Nothing was neglected, or went to waste, or was recklessly fooled 
away, under his management. He minded his own business, and 
mixed not in the quarrels of others. For slow accumulations he 
made up by g-ood judgment and careful savings. Thus he secured 
an ample competence for himself and family ; that is, on the hum- 
ble scale of his times. Perhaps his least profitable investment 
was made in the Social M<in>ifacttmn(j ( 'o., near Woonsocket, in 
1810. In this enterprise lie was as shrewd as his seven or eight 
partners. They started the second Cotton Mill in that since flour- 
ishing centre of manufacturing l)usiness. His copartners were 
Ariel Ballon (the present writer's father), Nathan Ballou (his 
cousin), Jol> Jenckes, Luke Jenckes, Eber Bartlett, Oliver Le- 
land and Joseph Arnold, all of whom knew much more about 
manual agriculture than of running Cotton Mills. However, they 
pioneered well in that department of their crude enterprise, at 
least for the public. Aimer' was not an office-seeker, but rather 
sought for by the commoners of his municipality. He was often 
on the Town Council, and a Justice of the Peace from 1811 to 
1817. In finance he was a Director of the Cumberland Bank from 
1823 to 1851. In politics he was an old-time Federalist, and then 
a Whig. In religion he and his wife wei'e heirship Baptists as to 
their general views, l)ut made no formal profession till 1840, when 
they regularly joined the Baptist church in their native town. So 
far as external conduct and character were concerned, no great 
change was needed or could have been exhibited. AVitli the ex- 
ception of a few years' residence on Cumberland Hill, their home 
was on the old farm. There he d, Oct. 30, 1851, a. 88 yrs.'6 mos. 
20 ds. Mrs. Henrietta d. Mar. 25, 1855, a. 82 yrs. (5 mos. and 12 ds. 

[300. J Beulah Ballou", Rev. Abner', Obadiah', James", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 22, 1766 ; m. Jease JJrotnn 
(Stephen, Joseph, John, John), b. in said Cumberland Dec. 26, 
1760 ; cer. June 8, 1791, by Levi Ballou, J. P. Issue, 4 chn. See 
[250 1, Jesse Brouvis family record duly presented. This will su- 
persede making" a mere duplicate repetition here. 

[310.] Sally Ballou", Rev. Abner', Obadiah', James", Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 0, 1775; m. John liogers, son 
of John and Plain (Wilkinson) Rogers, prob. b. in Mendon, Mass., 


May 25, 1759; eer. in said CuiiiherlaiKl Nov. IG, 1794, l)y Jotliam 
Carpenter, J. P. Issne, tlie tiist 5 b. in said Cuml)erland, and tlie 
last 5 prob. in Holden, Mass. — 

1309— 1. Aln.-iiiil Eo.o-ers, li. Apl. 25, 1795; m. Samuel Cliaffiii A))!. 14, 1818. 

1310— 3. Natliaii Ballon RogerH, li. Feb. 3, '97; m. Lydia Lamed Feb. 182(). 

1311— 3. Jolm Adams Eogers, b. Feb. 10, '99; d. July 18, 1803. 

1312— 4. George Washington Rogers, b. Mar. 27, 1801; m. 1st Amey Corn- 

stock, 2d Marcia A. Faxon. 
1313-_ 5. Eliza Brown Rogers ] b. Mar. 27, '03; m. James Holt 

! tAvins -^''^^^■ 

1314— (5. Eunice Capron Rogers j " b. Mar. 27, '03; m. Thomas J. 

J Davis Oct. 27, 1823. 

1315— 7. James Rogers, b. Feb. (!, '05; m. Mary Simmons. 

1316— 8. Maria Ballon Rogers, li. Jan. 30, '10; m. Benjamin Ferris Oct. 

29, 1837. 
1317_ J). John Wilkinson Rogers, b. Apl. 9, '13; m. Eliza Faxon Oct. Ifi, 

1318—10. William Thayer Rogers, b. Mar. 11, '17; m. Julia J. Warner Aug. 

21, 1848. 

Sally (Ballon) Rogers and her Imsband held a high social stand- 
ing, and hon<n-ed their position. Rev. Israel AVilkinson, in his 
"Memoirs of the Wilkinson Family," says of Rogers. — he "hved 
in Cumberland, R. I., for many years ; he subsequently moved to 
Holden, Worcester Co. Mass. He was a Surveyor and mathema- 
tician, and left extensive works in MS. Enlisting as a private, [in 
the Revolutionary war], he was soon promoted to orderly ser- 
geant, then to Lieutenant, in Capt. Stephen Olney's companj'^, 
of North Providence. He afterward became a Lieut. Col. in a 
Rhode Island Regiment, and was one of the body-guard of Gen. 
Washington. An ei)aulette which Washington gave him is still 
preserved by his descendants in Lockport, N. Y. He was at the 
crossing of the Delaware, and participated in many a hard fought 
battle." He lived on Cumberland Hill, kept a pul)lic house and 
store there, and was a popular Justice of the Peace — solemnizing 
manj^ marriages among his other official duties. He was a mem- 
ber of the Society of Cincinnati, in R. I. We suppose that he 
removed with his family to Holden, Mass., between 1803 and 1805. 
There we lose his historic thread, l)ut presume that he and his 
wife must have died in that town. But of this last we are not 
quite sure, as his chn. settled in Lockport, N. Y., and one or both 
the parents may possibly have d. there. Their death dates are 
given us without specification of place. He d. June 9, 1839 ; and 
she Nov. 12, 1847, a. 72 yrs. 6 mos. and 3 ds. 


[311.] Cynthia Ballou', Obadiali', Ohadiali'', James', Matiiriu' ; 
I), in then Glocester, now Bnrrillville, R. I., 1758 ; ni. Arnold 
Siiiit/i of said Bumllville. They had at least one son. — 

i;3li) — 1. Solomon Smith; who sometime resided near Nasonville, a small 
village of Bnrrillville. 

This is all that has reached us concerning the family record of 
Cynthia Ballon'. Many calls for information have been made by 
ns, bnt all in vain. No further traced. 

[312.] Isaac Ballou', Obadiah', Obadialr', James', • Maturin' ; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Aug. 17, 17(55; m. 
Molly Ballard, dr. of Isaac Ballard. They had two cliii. but onl}^ 
one named. — 

1330—1. Welcome; who d. u. m. at an nngiven date. 

The father went to sea, and never returned. The mother finally 
d. at Mr. Arclia Walling's in Burrillville. Alas for such dateless, 
indefinite, pitiable records ! Hopelessly dropped. 

[313.] Paulina Ballou", next oldest of this family, b. May 17, 
17G8. Nothing more reported. We must give her up. 

[314.] Phebe Ballou', Obadiah', Obadiah", James", Maturin'; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, Pt. I., Oct. 11, 1770; m. Pre- 
served Harrington. Nothing further reported; a poor showing. 
We pass on. 

[315.] Lydia Ballou", Obadiah*, Obadiah^ James", Maturin' ; 
b. in then Glocester, now BurriUville, R. I., Feb. 7, 1774 ; m. 117/- 
liain Wdkinsim, (William, Jeremiah, John, Lawrence,) b. in Ciim- 
berland, R. I., about 17G3 ; cer. in said Cumberland Sept. 10, 1797, 
hy Jothani Carpenter, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

1321 — 1. Betsey "Wilkinson, b. Jan. 1798; m. Israel Smith of Pawtneket, 

E. I. 
1322—2. William Wilkinson, b. , 1800; m. Mehetabel Angell; settled 

in New York. 
1323—3. Eliza Wilkinson, b. , '03; m. Henry Angell; res. New York. 

This mostly from the " Wilkinson Family Memoirs," pp. 170, 
23(5, 289. No further traced. 

[310. 1 Esther Ballou", Obadiah', Obadiah', James", Maturin'; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Ai)l. 10, 1777 ; m. Jo- 
scplt Motrry, cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 15, 1795, hy Jotliam 


Carpenter, J. P. No more reported. We have searched the 
" Mowry Genealogy " unsuccessfully to learn who this Joseph 
Mowry was and wdiether he left any family record. We suspect 
he may have been a stray sheep from the great Mowry Fold, and 
must leave his posterity untraced. 

We come next to the elm. of Obadiah B;dlou' by his 2d wife 
Mary Ann Fairfield. 

^ L'^17.] Dennis Ballou', Obadiah', Obadiah', James", Maturiu'; 
b. in then Glocester, noAV Burrillville, E. I., Feb. 20, 1786 ; m. 1st, 
Mercy Tifi't, dr. of Kev. Eufus and Sarah Tifft, b. in Smithfield, 
K. I., 1790 ; cer. Oct. 1805. Issue, b. in Smithfield, R. I.— 

1324— 1. Ohiejs b. Oct. 22, 1806; m. Aclelia Ballou Jau. 28, 1828. 

1325— 2. William, b. Aug. 13, '08; d. n. m. Jan. 14, 1829. 

1326— 3. Eufus, b. Nov. 17, '09; m. Ist Julia Ann Bates, 2d Hanuali Dar- 


1327— 4. Warren, b. Apl. 15, '10; m. 1st wid. Adelia Ballou, 2d Hannah 


1328— 5. Alzadie, b. Aug. 27, '14; m. Olney A. Mowry Apl. 18, 1833. 

1329— 6. Sally Ann, b. Apl. 27, '16; m. Barton Mowry. 

1330— 7. Reuben, b. Sept. 23, '18; d. June 9, 1835. 

1331— 8. Thomas, b. Mar. 18, '20; d. u. m. 

1332— 9. Dennis, b. Aug. 17, '22; m. Susan Perkins Philip July 11, 1841. 
1333-10. Willard, b. Mar. 17, '24; d. u. m. 1842. 

1334—11. Marcelia, b. Oct. 18, '25; m. Stephen Smith Oct. 10, 1841. 

One or two unnamed infts. are said to have been b. in connec- 
tion with the preceding eleven. Mrs. Mercy, as well might be 
the case after such an exhaustive maternitj^ passed away Feb. 18, 
182t). The same year Dennis' m. 2d, J/yvv. Hannah {Barnes) Wal- 
Uny, a worthy widow of his vicinage, particulars of the cer. not 
given. Issue. — 


1335—12. Cyril or Serril, b. Mar. 12, 1827; m. x\manda Smith Dec. 1, 1852- 

1336—13. Mason, b. Oct. 27, '28; d. young, June 30, 1838. 

1337—14. Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 2, '30; d. young, Nov. 10, 1835. 

1338 — 15. Adaline Frances, b. Nov. 13, '32; m. Leonard Mowry Jan. 3, 1851. 

1339 — 16. Oren, b. not given; d. young. 

We are indeljted to Mrs. Emily E. (Bassett) Ballou, wife of 
William Eoss Ballou, Woonsocket, R. I., for much genealogical 
and biographical information concerning Dennis Ballon' and his 
d(^scendants. She took a kind and lively interest in collecting this 
information for our work. Her husband is a worthy grandson of 
said Dennis, and she deserves our cordial thanks for the persist- 
ent enterprise with which she has furnished us with valuable data, 


facts and incidents. Many of our specifications are based on lier 
testimonj'- so far as this brancli of our cousins extends. 

It appears tliat the homestead of Dennis' was in tlien Smith- 
field, now North Smithfiekl, R. I., a mile or more from Slaterville. 
It formerly belonged to Rev. Rufus Tifft, his 1st wife's father. 
Dennis was a poor boy, and bound out to service, but at sixteen 
was freed to go forth into the world and seek his fortune. He 
began with a pair of steers, which he somehow acquired, worked 
out for wages till twenty-one, married, and bought out his de- 
ceased father-in-law's farm from the other heirs, and became at 
length comparatively wealthy. He had a steel and whalebone 
constitution, an ambitious acquisitiveness, great industrial energy, 
and good managing abilities. As a worker he had no rival — often 
rising early on moonlight nights and driving his business while 
surrounding neighbors slept. He was famous for cattle raising, 
and his heavy fattened swine none of which latter must weigh less 
than 500 lbs. 

He is said to have professed religion in early manhood (in what 
denomination is not told), and to have felt that he had a divine 
call to preach ; but he resisted it, devoted himself to worldly pur- 
suits, fell away from his religious vows, and sufi'ered, later in life, 
deep compunction for his unfaithfulness to duty. Yet we do not 
learn that he became immoral, or lost the general res])ect as a 
man and citizen. He came to his mortal end by an attack of dys- 
entery, from which he probably would have recovered but for 
imiDrudent eating too soon after partial convalescence. He d. 
Oct. 25, 1851, a. 65 yrs. 8 mos. and 5 ds. He left to his heirs a 
homestead of 200 acres, well furnished with buildings, stock and 
farming implements — total value $10,000. Mrs. Hannah, his wid., 
d. Dec^l, 1878, a. 83 yrs. and 21 ds. 

[318.] Mary Ballou", [319] Orphelia Ballou", drs. of Obadiah', 
have proved untraceable. 

[320.] AYiLLiAM Ballou", Obadiah', 01)adiah', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., May 13, 1789; m. P/iila- 
delplua, dr. of Isaac Ross, 1). in said Glocester Mar. 8, 1789 ; 
date and particulars of cer. not found. Issue, understood to have 
been b. in Smithfiekl, now North Smithfiekl, R. I., some of them 
perhaps in other localities. — 

1340—1. Adeliti, h. May 29, 1801); m. 1st O, Ballon, Sil W. Ballon, 8d S; R. 


1841—2. Ciilista, b. Apl. 1, 1812; m. James M. Taft. 
• 1342—8. William Eoss, b. Maj^ 15, '16; m. Alice Browu. 
1343—4. Sarah R., b. Juue 37, '23; m. Lewis H. Ballon. 
1344—5. Georye O., b. Y^^\ 1, '25; m. 1st Susan Manchester, 2(1 Mary A. 

1345—6. Charles E., 1). Mar. 6, '30; u. m. ; resides Harrisville, E. I. 

Almost nothing' I'nrtlier has come to our knowledge concerning- 
this William Ballon ' ;ind wife. They are said to have dwelt on a 
homestead, some two miles westerly from Woonsocket, in noAv 
North Smithtield, E. I. She d. Apl. 13, 1836, a. 47 yrs. 1 mo. and 
5 ds. He d. Oct. 13, 1852, a. ()3 yrs. 5 mos. 

[321.] WiLLAKD Ballou", Son of ()])adiah', proves untraceable. 

[322.] HiUAM Ballou", Obadiah', Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Bnrrillville, R. I., birth-date not found ; emi- 
grated to the State of N. Y. He was living, in 1882, at Oswego, 
N.. Y., aged about 82 yrs., with his 3d wife. It has been Avith great 
difficulty that we have obtained the following very imperfect family 
record — which we deispair oi amending. Hiram' m. 1st Olirc 
Gainhnli\ and had.— 

1346 — 1. William, b. no date found; ni. and left a family somewhere? 

1347 — 2. Daniel,!). " " went to sea long ago, and prob. lost. 

1348—3. Hiram, b. " " d. at the age of 17 yrs. 

1349—4. Horace,!). " " m. Esther Frances Perry Dec. 31 1860. 

1350—5. Margaret, b. " " m. Joseph Bradshaw, Oswego, N. Y. 

1351—6. Mary Ann, b. " " m. Hal. Hay ward, Oswego, N. Y. 

1352-7. Delilah, b. " " m. Thos. Wright, Prince Edwards 

Mrs. Olive d. ; and Hiram m. 2d Mi'J.'nuht .Lillehrklyv. They 
had. — 

1853 — 8. Oscar, b. no date found; went to sea more than 20 yrs. ago, and 

never heard from. 
1354 — 0. Darius, b. n(j date found; m. an<l had 1 son; whereabouts for 

20 yrs. unknown. 
1355 — 10. Sarah, b. no date found; m., but untraceable. 

Hiram" m. 3d a woman whose name has not been given us. Is- 
sue. — 

1356 — 11. Maria, b. dateless; m. French; res. in Syracxise, N. Y. 

1357—12. Hiram, b. " m. and res. in Oswego, N. Y. 

1358 — 13. Marian, b. " u. m. ; res. with her father in Oswego, N. Y. 

We regret being obliged to exhibit so dateless a record, but 
could do no better. Nor have we at jn-esent any further informa- 



tioii concerning this family of our g-eneral consinliood. If more 
comes, we sliaD gladly welcome it. 

[323.] AiiDELiA Ballou', dr. of Obadiali', untraceable. 

[324.] Martha Ballou\ 01)adiali\ Obadialr', James', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., not far from 1797 ; m. 
Laphmii Jejferf<, son of Thomas and Mary (Bartlett) Jeffers, li. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 27, 1789 ; cer. in Smithlield, R. I., June 
8, 1820, by a Justice of the Peace. Issue, birth-place not given. — 

1359—1. Maiy Jefiers, b. Mar. 31, 1821; m. Arthur Irons July 4, 188i). 
1360—2. Ezekiel Jefters, h. Mar. 21, '22; m. Elizabetli Stearns Fel). 13, 1842. 
1361—3. John Jeffers, b. Oct. 3, '24; m. Caroline Brown Feb. 1841. 

Mrs. Martha (Ballon) Jeffers d. Apl. 13, 1825, a. 28 yrs.'- Mr. 
Jeffers subsequently m. Anna Arnold. Occupation and character- 
istics not given. He finally d. in Woonsocket, R. I., Mar. 1, 1837. 

[325.] RosiLLA Ballou", and [326] Chaklotte Ballou', drs. of 
Obadiah', prove unsearchable. 

Here would have come in properly Nos. [326^] to [330] inclu- 
sive, the elm. of Esther Bailout Obadiah'*, James", Maturin', who 
m. James Wilson of Bellingham, Mass. There were 6 of them ; 
but Avhat became of them we have never found a person that 
could tell us, or give us even a clue to their whereabouts. So we 
had to relegate them to the limbo of our unsearchables. We re- 
gretted their loss from our sphere of registration, but could not 
help ourselves. 

[331.] Philadelphia Th.wek', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Eben- 
ezer, Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballou', Obadiah', James", 
Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., 1765 ; m. Nathan Barnes ; and 
is no further traceable. 

[332.] Eleazer Thayer", (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballou^ Obadiah^ James% Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 4, 1767 ; m. Sarah Harris in 
1787. Issue, all but the last four b. in said Richmond. — 

1362— 1. Enocli Thayer, b. June 30, 1788; m. Hannah Jourdan Mar. 4, 

* We learu from Richardson's Uistory of Woonsockot, U. I., p. 140, that I'atty (alias Martha) 
Ballou, about the lime of her marriage to Mr. Jeffers, was one of the pioneer weavers in the rudi- 
mental Factory of Oliver and Dexter Ballon, run 2 looms, and earned $3 per week. At the same 
period Mr. Jclfers operated their 180 spindle mule. 


Vim— 2. Esek Thayer, h. JiUi. 14, 17i)0; m. Ada Miller 1814. 

13()4— 8. Ephraiin Tliaj^er, 1). Jan. 10, '92; m. Mary Bazadier; sett. Chau- 
tauqua Co., N. Y. 

1365— 4. Elijah Thayer, b. July 7, '08; m. Cherrytree; sett, in Bur- 
ton, O.— 5. Lydia Thayer, h. July 11, '05; m. Henry Mumford Oct. 21, 1819. 

1367— 6. Sally Thayer, b. Jan. 25, '97; m. Col. Sanford Coe Nov. 4, 1822. 

1308— 7. Mary Thayer, h. Mar. 80, '09; no account of her; perhaiw d. 

13G9— 8. Ira Thayer, b. Fell. 7, 1801; m. 1st Lovina Shaw, 2d Sarah S. 

1370— 0. Mauley Thayer, b. Feb. 11, '03; m. 1st Lydia Thayer, 2d Orrisa 

1871—10. Zerviah Thayer, b. Apl. 20, '05; m. Conklin Pitcher Mar. 28, 1827. 

1372—11. Jonathan C. Thayer, b. Apl. 2, '07; m. 1st Sarah May, 2d Mar- 
garet Wortlej'. 

1873—12. Benjamin Thayer, b. Apl. 8, '09; m. Nancy Shaw Mar. 10, 1833. 

1374—18. Julia Thayer, b. Feb. 10, '12; d. a. 2 years. 

1375—14. Laura Thayer, b. Mar. 7, '14; m. Alonzo Lane Dec. 31, 1832. 

Eleazer Thayer' was a farmer. He removed, in 1800, to Ley- 
den, Lewis Co., N. Y, There his last four chn. were b. There 
Mrs. Sarah, his wife, d. Aug. 10, 1846, and he himself Mar. 4, 
1851. We are indelited for this family record to the Thayer Gen- 
ealogy by Gen. Bezaleel Thayer. See pp. 556 to 562. The de- 
scent no further traced. 

[333.] ZiBA Thayer', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballou\ Obadialr', James", Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Jan. 2, 1769; m. Desire Barroios, b. 
Apl. 26, 1776 ; cer. Jan. 29, 1802, by Eev. Nathaniel Boles. Issue, 
b. in Verona, Oneida Co., N. Y. — 

137fi— 1. Louisa Thayer, b. Aug. 31, 1803; m. Mackintosh Alexander Feb. 

18, 1842. 
1377—2. Delia Thayer, b. Oct. 16, '05; m. Ezra Pratt Mar. 18, 1839. 
1378—3. Leonard Thayer, b. Dec. 4, '00; d. u. m. June 3, 1841. 

Ziba Thayer was a farmer, settled in Verona, N. Y"., where he 
d. Jan. 13, 1854. Mrs. Desire, his wid., d. there July 15, 1865. 
See Thayer Genealogy, p. 562. No further traced. 

[334.] Ahaz Thayer', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Bailout Obadiah', James", Matu- 
riu'; 1). in Richmond, N. H., Aug. 2, 1771; m. Candam Cook, b. 
Aug. 18, 1771 ; cer. Jan. 2, 1794, by Rev. Nathaniel Boles. Farm- 
ers, set. Leydeu, N. Y. Issue. — 


1379—1. Polly Tliayer, 1). Oct. 4, ITltr,; ,1. l«():l 

1380—2. Stephen Tliayer, 1). Oct. 10, '07; d. 1790. 

13S1 — 3. Laureiia Thayer, b. Ai)l. 18, 'OS; m. Ansoii Andrews; sett. Ley- 
den, N. Y. 

1382—4. Melinda Thayer, b. Apl. is, '99; m. David Tnrner; sett, near 
Richfield Springs, N. Y. 

1383—5. Elisha Thayer, b. Oct. 20, 1802; m. Theodora Green Sept. 26, 1826. 

1384—6. Joanna Thayer, b. Sept. 17, '06; m. Ziba Kiugsl)nry Apl. 11, 1821. 

1385—7. Eliza Thayer, h. Jan. 1, '10; nntraced. 

1386—8. Philinda Thayer, b. Ang. 13, '13; m. Simeon Hays Ay.!. 16, 1832. 

See Tliayer Genealogy, pp. 562, 563. No further traced. 

[335.] Simeon TnAYEir', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ehenezer, 
Ferdinaiido, Thomas), Zerviah Ballon^ Obadiah', James', Matu- 
rin"; 1). in Eichmond, N. H., Oct. 12, 1774; m. C/ilor SrfhJn ; eer. 
Jan. 30, 1792. Farmers, set. in Leyden, N. Y. Issue. — 

1387— 1. Daniel Thayer, b. Ang. 26, 1793; m. Caroline Sage Jnly 27, 1815. 

1388— 2. Sabin Thayer, 1). Oct. 15, '04; m. Melinda Kingsbnry 1823. 
1380— 3. Rnfus Thayer, b. Ang. 15, '06; m. Mary Tnlly Jnly 14, 1823. 

1300— 4. Hosea Thayer, h. Jnly 13, '08; m. Betsey Barrows Oct. 16,-1825. 

1301— 5. Lydia Thayer, b. Dec. 6, 1802; ni. Manley Thayer Mar. 28, 1828. 

1302— 6. Eoxana Thayer, b. Nov. 7, '04; m. Diah Hnbbard Mar. 8, 1822. 

1303— 7. Clarissa Thayer, b. Oct. 25, '06; ni. Edward Dewey Feb. 22, 1827. 

1304— 8. Orrissa Thayer, b. Feb. 6, '08; m. Manley Thayer Jnly 0, 1820. 

1305— 9. Alfred Thayer, li. Mar. 11, '11 ; m. Mary Ann Merry Jnly 13, 1834. 
1306—10. Amey Melissa Thayer, b. Jan. 14, '20; m. Henry Sh)conib Dec. 

8, 1840. 

See Tliayer Genealogy, pp. 563-566. No further traced. 

[336. 1 Zekviah Thayek", (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinaiido, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballon', Obadiah', James", Maturin'; 
b. in Eichmond, N. H., Jan. 20, 1770; m. Albert Sahin; cer. Dec. 
9, 1798, by Eev. David Ballon. They set. in said Eichmond, 
farmers. Issue. — 

1307—1. Timothy Sabin, b. Ang. 30, 1800. 

1308—2. Benjamin Sabin, b. Ang. t, '02. 

1390 — 3. Dorrance Sabin, b. Sept. 2, '04. 

1400—4.' Betsey Sabin, b. Sept. 28, '06. 

1401—5. Angnstns Sabin, 1). Oct. 27, '00. 

1402— (). Alonzo Sabin, 1). Feb. 3, '12. 

See Thayer Gen. p. 566. N(j further traced. 

[337.] Benjamin Thayei; ', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zer\iali Ballon', Obadiah'', James', Matu- 


rill'; b. in Kiclimond, N. H., June 4, 1782; m. Kinricf Tylvr, b. 
Dec. 29, 1788 ; cer. Apl. 15, 1810. Tiiey set. in Wilna, Jetferson 
Co., N. Y., farmers. Issue. — 

1403—1. Friuda Thayer, b. Oct. 25, ISll; nothiu.t^- told. 

1404—2. Laura Tliayer, 1). , '13; in. Hon. Samuel A. Davis Nov. 10, 1833. 

1405—3. Harriet Tliayer, 1). Jan. 10, '15; m. Samuel Hopkins Mar. 4, 183fi. 

1400-4. Emily Tliuyer, h. Au^-. 26, '17; m. Patrick McGlenn June 10, 1S42. 

1407—5. Georue Thayer, 1). June 7, '19; m. Sina Parsons May 1, 1845. 

1408— (5. Maria Thayer, b. Mar. 4, '21 ; nothing- told. 

1409—7. Benjamin Thayer, b. Av)l. 24, '25; m. Jane Hammond May 9, 1849. 

See Thayer Gen. pp. 5B(i, UM. No further traced. 

[838.] Lydia Ballou\ Joseph', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberhmd, E. I., Apl. 1, 17(!7 ; m. Jededidh Kriu/s/ey of 
Ehode Island, parentage not given, b. proli. in Washington Co., 
Oct. 8, 17(56 ; cer. in that locality, i)erliaps So. Kingstown, not far 
from 1790. Issue.— 

1410—1. Ulnidiah Kin-.sley 1 b. Utica, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1793; m. Lo- 

' t ii s vinia Tucker. 

1411—2. Girl not named j ' ' b. Utica, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1793; d. soon 

J after birth. 

1412—3. Philii) Kiug'sley, b. W. Frankfort, N. Y. ; d. young, a. 11 yrs. 
1413—4. Schuyler Kingsley, b. W. Frankfort, N. Y. ; m. Margaret Dedrick. 
1414_5. Betsey Kingsley, b. " " m. T. H. Nurse. 

Jedediah Kingsley was a worthy man and farmer. After re- 
moval from E. I. he rented a farm in Utica for one year, then re- 
moved to West Frankfort, Herkimer Co., leased a farm of Gen. 
Philip Schuyler, and resided on the same tiU his death. He d. 
there of gravel complaint Feb. 17, 1843, in his 77th yr. Mrs. 
Lydia (Ballou) King'sley", d. at the same place Apl. 30, 1857, of 
old age in her Ulst year. 

[339.] Obadiah Ballou', Joseph', Obadiah", James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., May 20, 1769; m. Nancy Mii/uuns, b. 
about 1771, birthplace and parentage not given ; cer. 1806, par- 
ticulars not ascertained. Issue. — 

1415—1. Eliza, b. not found; m. Jacol) Leonard. 

1416—2. Maria, b. " m. Edward Ratlil)uii. 

1417—3. Hannah, b. " m. P. Q. Stebbins. 

1418—4. Joseph Bartlett, \). not found; u. m. 

Our information concerning- this Obadiah Ballou, wife and fam- 
ily, is extremely limited, and, unless we can glean more, our record 


must be brief. He removed from Cumberland, E. I., in 1790, witli 
his parents, to Fort Schuyler, which liecame Utica, N. Y. There 
they settled among- the enter]:)risino- pioneers. There, or in the 
near vicinity, he married, and remained till 1835, when he removed 
with his family to Auburn, N. Y. We are unable to specify his 
avocation, vicissitudes, or characteristics. He d. in Auburn, N. Y"., 
Jan. 21, 1817, in his 78th yr. Mrs. Nancy, his widow, d. May 30, 
1855, in her 84th yr. 

[340.] Jeeahmeel B.\llou", Joseph', Obadiah', James', Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, E. I., May 28, 1771; m. Amur Perry, dr. 
of Jonathan Perry, and grand dr. of James Perrj^ — mother's 
maiden name being Mary Potter, a dr. of pJudge Wm. Potter — b. 
in South Kingstown, E. I., June 11, 1779 ; cer. Oct. 8, 1801. Is- 
sue, b. in Utica, N. Y. — 

141i)— 1. William Potter, b. Nov. 27, 1802; m., name, iVrc, uot s'iven. 
1420—2. Peter Perry, b. May 24, '05; m. Elizabeth Gay 1826. 
1421—3. Theodore Perry, b. Mar. 18, '07; m. Charlotte Co^shall Wells 
Sept. 1838. 

Jerahmeel Ballou" went with the other members of his father's 
family to incipient Utica, N. Y"., in 1790. There he matured into 
a man of reputable character and standing, became a prosperous 
merchant and trusted citizen, but was cut off by death in the 
prime of middle-age. He and his wife left a sterling record of 
usefulness and worth. He d. in Utica, June 29, 1817, a. a little 
over 46 yrs. Mrs. Anna, his widow, d. there Mar. 31, 1823, a. 43 
yrs. 9 mos. and 19 ds. 

[341.] Sakah Ballou', Joseph', Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., Oct. 18, 1781 ; m. Ehenezer B. SJieannan, 
son of Eobert and Honora (Brown) Shearman, b. in Exeter, E. I., 
Apl. 20, 1783 ; cer. in Utica, N. Y., 1808. Issue.— 

1422 — 1. Jane Shearman, b. 1809; m. Joseph A. Shearman 1832. 
1423 — 2. An^irelina Shearman, b. '10; d. n. m. 1832. 

Sarah Ballou", while a young maiden, accompanied the older 
members of her father's family to primitive Utica in 1790. There 
she married E. B. Shearman, as aforesaid. He appears to have 
been an emigrant from one of the Kingstowns in E. I., but whether 
No. or So. Kingstown our informant does not specify. Their two 
chu. were undoubtedly b. in Utica. Mr. Shearman became a con- 
spicuous merchant, and manufacturer of cotton goods and win- 


clow i^-lass. The family occnipiod a front-rank position in commu- 
nity, and exerted a corresponding' influence. He d. in Utica Apl. 
23, 1845. Mrs. Sarah lived long- years of worthy widowhood and 
finally d. Feb. 7, 1877, a. 95 yrs. 3 mos. and 17 ds. 

[342.] Col. Ben.jamin Ballou', Benjamin', Obadiah', James", 
Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, E. I., Apl. 10, 1770 ; m. En nice Mann, 
of AVreuthani, Mass., ptge. and birth-date not given ; cer. in said 
Wrentham Jan. 15, 1795, by Kev. D. Avery. 

We are in thick darkness respecting" the history of Benjamin 
Ballon'. He appears to have settled in Utica sometime after 
nige., prob. near his father. But we get no hint as to his occu- 
pation or character, except that he was at one time Col. of militia. 
His bro. Joseph of Syracuse, N. Y., wrote to Mr. Peck, under 
date of May 11, 1858, that he d. in Utica Sejit. 10, 182G, lea^ing 
no clin. We have more recently learned that Mrs. Eunice d. 
about 1830. 

[343.] Thomas Ballou", Benjamin', Obadiah", James", Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 4, 1772; m. Cyntliia ParncU, 
of Medway, Mass., dr. of Benjamin Parnell, b. Jan. 4, 1771 ; date 
and particulars of cer. not ascertained. Issue. — 

1424—1. Cyrus, 1). Sept. K!, 1794; m. Betsey Frey, Little Falls, N. Y. 

1425—3. Horace, li. Oct. 17, '9(5; m. Harriet Atkins Mar. 8, 1818. 

142(3—8. Cyntliia, b. Nov. 1, '98; ni. Asaliel Bartliolomew. 

1427—4. Willard, b. Se])t. 29, 1800; ni. Olive Green, vicinity of Woon- 

socket, R. I. 

1438—5. Freelove, b. Dec. 21, '04; ni. Ezra Healey; sett, in N. Y. 

1439— G. Mary Ann, li. Sept. 10, '07; m. Jolin F. Kandy; sett, in N. Y. 

1480—7. Adaline, b. Apl. 24, '12; m. Daniel Kandy; sett, in N. Y. 

1481—8. Warren, 1). Aug. 29, '15; m. 1st Eliza Hall, 2d Saniantha Swan. 

Just where these chn. were b. we have no specification ; prob. 
in two or more dilierent localities. The parents res. first a few 
years in Medway, Mass.; then for a consideral)le number in Utica, 
N. Y.; and finally spent the latter part of their lives in Marshall, 
Oneida Co., N. Y. No one has vouchsafed to tell us their calling, 
social standing, or moral characteristics, which we trust compared 
decently with the average of our general cousinhood. Thomas' 
d. in Manchester, N. Y., Sept. 7, 1826. Mrs. Cynthia, his widow, 
d. in AVoonsocket, R. I., Sept. 7, 1840, in her 70th yr. 

[344.] Caroline Matilda Ballou", Benjamin', Obadiah ', James", 
Maturin' ; h, in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 20, 1773 ; m. Levi Nevjell, 


(David, Elislm, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham,) birth -date not ascer- 
tained, prob. about 1772 ; cer. in said Cnmberhmd Oct. 1, 1795, by 
Jotham Carpenter, J. P. No recorded issue. 

All we learn of this pair is, that they removed to Pelham, Mass., 
were of the farming class, were industrious, well disposed i)eople, 
and died in that town. But we have never ascertained the death- 
date of either. 

[345.] Sally Ballou", Benjamin', Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; 

b. in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 21, 1776; m. Sayles. We are 

sorry to say that we have no further information concerning this 

[346.] JosErH Ballou", Benjamin', Obadiah", James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E,. I., Feb. 19, 1780 ; m. 1st Rachel MlUhigton ; 
cer. prob. in Utica, N. Y. ; but of the bride's l)tge., birthplace 
and birth-date we are ignorant. Likewise of all other particulars 
relating to the nige. Issue, prol). b. in Utica. — 

1483—1. Tlieron, li. Mar. 9, 1806. Notliing ascertained concerning liim. 
1483 — 2. Sarah, 1». Fel). 27, '08. Notliing ascertained concerning lier. 
1434 — 3. Matilda, 1). July 19, '11. Nothing ascertained concerning her. 

Mrs. Rachel d. at a date not given ; and her husband m. 2d, 
Simin Cooper ; no other data given in respect to bride or mge. 
Issue, b. in Utica and other localities of N. Y. — 

1435— 4. Betsey, b. Apl. 10, 1815; ni. Jacol) Wheeler. 

1430— 5. Rachel, b. Mar. 8, '17; m. William Durant. 

1487— 0. George, b. Jnly 7, '20; d. n. m. 

1488— 7. Spencer, b. Jan. 26, '22; m. Anna Bonis. 

1439— 8. Susan, Ix Oct. 26, '23; d. in her 12tli yr. 

1440— 9. Delia, b. Mar. 26, '25; m. Azariah Sheldon. 
1441—10. Thomas -T., b. Oct. 19, '26; n. m. 

1442—11. Helen, b. Nov. (i, '28; m. William D. Curtis Fel). 18, 1847. 

1443—12. Harriet Maria, b. Oct. 27, '80; m. John Clark Pierce May 2, 1851. 

1444—18. William, b. June 9, '32; m. Mary Littletield. 

1445—14. Sidney, b. Apl. 21, '84; m. Catherine Eivenburg. 

1446—15. Wealthy A., li. July 24, '8(>; m. 1st Edwin Bacon, 2d E. H. Fair- 


1447— 1(). Silas, b. Aug. 10, '88; u. m. in 1858; no later report. 

The foregoing is digested from a letter written to Mr. Peck by 
Joseph Ballou', from Syracuse, N. Y., under date of May 11, 1858. 
Until further correspondence with some of the family, we can add 
little to it. It would seem that he m. his first wife in Utica, N. Y., 
and perhaps his 2d. But his letter does not indicate when he 


removed to Syracuse, Dor the date of either mge., nor that of his 
tirst wife's death. At the writiu.^- of this letter he must have been 
about 78 yrs. old. We hope for more information concerning- him 
and his family. It is a remarkably large one, and we would 
o-ladly make an ampler record. AVe have waited long since the 
foregoing- was written for some further information concerning- 
the occupation, life-career and character of Joseph Ballou' and 
2d wife, l)ut have obtained only their death-dates. She d. Aug. 
29, 1860. He. d. Feb. 5, 18()(), a. 85 yrs. ll mos. and 15 ds. 

[317.] Fkeelove Ballou', Benjamin', Obadiah', James', Ma- 
turiu'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. lU, 1781; m. Asa Sp/m/ue. 
We hoi)ed to obtain from some quarter the family record of Free- 
love Ballou' and her husl^and, but nothing has come from their 
misty obscurity to tell us whether they had any chn., whither they 
went, or what l)ecame of them. Some one knows the tale of their 
mortal career, but he is not among our informants. 

[318.] Phospei! Ballou", Benjamin', Obadiah', James", Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cund)erland, E. I., Apl. 10, 1783; m. 1st, >Sa/u/i ^Se- 
guhw, of Staten Island, N. Y., ptge. not given, b. Feb. 20, 1788 ; 
cer. in New York City, Dec. 8, 1807, by Rev. John Wilhams. 
Issue, b. in N. Y. City, excepting one. — 

1448_1. Sai-iili Ann, b. May (5, 1.S10; m. Charles Stalters. 

141!)— 2. Leonard Seguiue, 1). Ang. 7, '13; m. Margaret Biirlock. 

1450—8. Benjamin Wliipple, b. Nov. 18, '14; m. Caroline McHenry 1843. 

1451_4. John Tlicnnpsou, b. Sept. 10, '16; rn. Eliza Murray. 

1453_5. Charlotte, b. Feb. 33, '19; m. Albert Lamb. 

1458-0. Prosper, Jr., b. Nov. 37, '38; m. Matilda Lyncli. 

1454_7. Levi, b. June 13, '35; m. Maria Donaldson. 

Benj. W. Ballou was b. in Utica, N. Y. Mrs. Sarah (Seguine) 
Ballou d. in N. Y. City Dec. 13, 1827, a. 39 yrs. Prosper' m. 2d, 
Mrs. Hannah Murray, a widow lady, about 1829. No particulars 
of ni2'e. o-iveu. Issue, understood to have been b. in N. Y. City. — 

1455—8. Alfred, b. Dec. 80, 1880; m. Emeline Humphrey. 
1450—9. diaries, b. Jan. 1, '83; d. young, or certainly u. m. 

We regret to find nothing in our communications from the chn. 
of Prosper Ballou", to indicate the character of their father or his 
wives, or even his business pursuits in life. He left Utica about 
1806, and thenceforth resided in New York City. There he d. 
May 8, 1819, a. al)out 66 yrs. Mrs. Hannah, his wid., d. in 1862, 
a. about 71 yrs. 


[349.] James Ballou\ Benjamin', Obadiali', James", Matnrin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., a twin witli his bro. Levi, Nov. 10, 1786, 
went along- with his father's family,, a little boy, to the locality 
that became Utica, N. Y., in 1788. There he grew up to be a 
young man, went off to sea, and was never heard of more. 

[35U.] Levi Ballou', t-\\dn bro. of James", born as aforesaid, 
grew up in Utica, m. there, and d. leaving several elm. Mr. Peck 
was told that he m. a irid. iJefendayke. But Levi's elder bro. 
Joseph, writing from Syracuse, N. Y., in 1858, stated to Mr. P. 
that Levi m. Sat'ti/r Au.stiiK Mr. Peck, on some authority, cred- 
ited Levi" with 3 chn., viz. — 

1457 — 1. Janie.s, b. not ^iveu. 
1458—3. Sarah, 1.. 
1459—8. Levi, b. 

The present writer is utterly unable with any information at 
his command, to make a reliable statement of this family record. 
It is possible future light may come to chase away the darkness 
wdiich now obscures the desired data, but if not we must leave it 
as it is. 

[351, 352 AND 353] chn. of Lydia Ballou', SamueF, James', 
Maturin' ; who m. Benjamin Lapliam, are passed over; because 
two of them d. young, and Mary Lapliam^, the one who lived to 
marriageable age, cannot be traced by our researchers. 

[354.] Stephen Whipple, Jif., (Stephen,) Phebe Ballou,' Sani- 
uel", James", Maturin' ; b. in Smithtield, R. I., Dec. 1, 1750 ; m. 
1st, (as our researcher reports,) a lady of his own surname — noth- 
ing else specified, except that she is supposed to have d. soon 
after nige. He m. 2d Larhia l\t'uie, ptg'e., birth-date and particu- 
lars of mge. not given. Issue, b. in Cumberland, B. I., omitting 
three who d. in infancy. — 

1460—1. Bc'la Whippk', 1). May 18, 1774; ni. Melictabel Grant. 

1401-3. James Whipple, b. Sept. 19, '83; m. 1st Anna Whipple, 3cl Betsey 


1463-8. Sally Wliii)ple, b. Oct. 11, '84; m. David Aldrieh. 

1468—4. Betsey Wliipi)le, b. Sept. 35, '87; m. John Andrews. 

1464—5. Prussia Whipple, b. Oct. 18, '93; d. u. m. Jnly, 1848. 

1465 — 6. Anna Whipple, b. July 11, '95; m. Hosea Ballou. 

1466—7. Welcome A. Whipple, b. Jan. 39, '99; m. Lydia C. Bradford 1848. 

Not a word has been reported to us by our researcher respect- 
ing the occupation, characteristics or biographical experiences of 


Stephen Whipple, Jr., and wife. How niueh further we may be 
able to trace the family tlepends ou contributions of the necessary 

[355.] Phebe WHirPLE\ (Stephen,) Phebe Ballon', Sannn^r', 
James", Matnrin' ; b. in Smithfield, 11. I., Mar. G, 1753 ; m. Col. 
(r'eo/Y/e Pfi'k, (Daniel, Daniel, Jathniel, Joseph, Jose])h,) b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 3, 1749 ; cer. in said Cumberland Sept. 
12, 1770, by Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all b. in Cumberland.— 

14GT— 1. Daniel Toek, 1). Oct. 7, 1770; d. u. m. 

14(58—2. Amey Peck, li. May 3, '72; m. Kichard Arnold K\\%. 11, 17'.):!. 

1409—3. Sally Peck, b. June 2, '74; m. Stephen Josliu, Es(i., Cnnilx'vland. 

1470—4. Anna Peck, h. May 2, '76; d. n. m. 

1471—5. George Peck, 1). Mar. 19, '79; d. at sea on sliii> Washington, 1799. 

1472— G. Anster Peck, 1). June 5, '81; d. n. m. July 9, 1811. 

1473—7. Whipple Peck, h. Aug. 13, '83; d. u. m. 

George Peck is said, in "The Peck Genealoo-y," to have "re- 
sided upon the estate in Cumberland, P. I., inherited from his 
father and grandfather. He Avas a man of much distinction in 
the town. He represented it in the General Assembly, and held 
various offices. He held a colonel's commission in the llevolu- 
tion, in which he took an active interest." He left Cumberland 
for the British Provinces about 1782, with another Phebe, who 
' seems to have supplanted the first in his affections, and never re- 
turned to his native vicinage. "What experiences Mrs. Phebe 
(Whipple) Peck subsequently had we are not told, only that she 
d. probablj^ among her chn., May 19, 1838, at the venerable age 
of 85 yrs. 2 mos. and 13 ds. Their descendants no further traced. 

[350.] Lydia Ballou", Eleazer', SamueF, James', Matnrin' ; 
b. in Glocester, ncnv Burrillville, R. I., Nov. 27, 1750; m. Ahotiab 
Siirith of said Glocester Aug. 25, 1700. Removed to Richmond, 
N. H. Nothing more told. 

[357.] David B.\i.lou', Eleazer', SamueP, James'', Matnrin'; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Oct. 14, 1753. He is be- 
lieved to have d. in Glocester unmarried at the age of about 
21 yrs. 

[358.] Jesse Ballou', Eleazer', SamueF, James"', Maturin'; b. 
iu Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Eeb. 20, 1750; m. 1st, Ant- 
phyUis Smith of Glocester, perhaps a sister of Aholiab. Particu- 
lars of mge. not ascertained. Issue. — 


1474 — 1. Henrietta, b. prob. in Glocester, E. I., perhaps 1778. 

1475—2. David, b. prob. Richmond, N. H., perhaps '80. 

1476—8. Susanna, b. Richmond, N. H., Juno 12, '82; m. 1st D. Brown, 2d 

J. W. Odell. 
1477—4. Jesse, b. Richmond, N. H., Mar. 2(i, '85; m. Susanna Fuller Mar. 

20, 1812. 

Mrs. Ampliyllis d. in child-bed Mar. 2G, 1785. Jesse" m. 2d, 
Rom Svrlft of Richmond, N. H., dr. of Samuel Swift, birth-date 
not oiveu ; cer. Mar. 5, 1780. Issue, b. in Richmond. — 

1478— 5. Sjdvia, b. -Tune 20, 178(i; m. Josiah Wilson. 

1479— (5. Silas, b. Dec. 10, '87; m. 1st Anna Saunders, 2d T. M. Coombs. 

1480— 7. Esther, b. perhaps '90; m. William Chase. 

1481— 8. -Tirah, b. perhaps '92; m. Sylvia Phillips. 

1482— 9. Aaron, b. May 25, '95; m. Mary Bowen Dec. 81, 1819. 
1483—10. Barnabas, b. perhaps '97; m. Rachel BoAven Sept. 12, 181G. 
1484 — 11. Lucinda, b. perhaps '99; m. Jesse Bishop, Richmond, N. H. 
1485—12. Phebe, b. perhaiis 1808; m. Nathaniel Whitcomb, Swansey, N. H. 

There is said to have been a Polly and Betsey that d. very 
young-. They are not counted. We labor under considerable 
ditftculty in collecting* the data necessary to })resent a full recoi'd 
of this family. Therefore its defects must be excused. Jesse 
Ballou", reed, from his father, Eleazer\ a gift deed of two and a 
half lots, covering- 200 acres of laud, in Richmond, N. H. -That 
deed bears date May 11, 1779. That very same year Jesse settled 
on his inheritance. We presume he took along- with him, from 
Glocester, R. I., his lirst wife and at least one child, possibly two. 
Ampliyllis Smith, his tirst wife, belong-ed to one of the most re- 
spectable families in Glocester, and was undoubtedly an excellent 
woman. They were pioneers in the then semi- wilderness of Rich- 
mond, and had iilenty of hard toil liefore them. As we have seen, 
her days were few in the new settlement. She d. at the birth of 
her fourth child. The second wife soon took her jjlace, and be- 
came the mother of numerous offspring-. They appear to have 
been a plain, hard working-, reputable family of the farming 
class, though not especially distinguished among their townsfolk. 
He d. in 1820, a. about 64 yrs. His estate was settled by his son 
Silas as administrator. The death-date of his second wife not 

[859.] JiKAH Ballou', Eleazer', SamueP, James", Maturin' ; b. 

in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Apl. 2, 1758 ; m. 1st, Kt^tJier 

II '(Mxl, dr. of Noah ^^"ood of Plaintield, Ct., birth-date not given ; 


cer. Sept. 80, 1779, by Alexr. Miller. Issue, all b. in (lloeester, 
now BuiTillville, R. I. — 

148() —1. Candace, li. dateless; m. Samuel Matliewson Nov. 2('), ISO I. 

1487 —2. R()l>a, 1). Jan. !), 1785; m. Allen Thayer Dec. 1802. 

1488 —8. Anrelia, b. Jan. 21, '88; m. Joseph Mathewson. 
14S9 —4. Phebe, b. , '89; m. Cleoi-se Wade 1808. 

14'.)0 —5. Prusia, b. , '95; m. Ist J. Lapliam, 2d D. Mead, yd C. Jillson. 

1491 — (). Fenner, b. ; m. Fanny Innian. 

1492 — 7. Del)()rah, 1). dateless; m. Stephen Handy. 
1492i — 8. Barton, li. dateless; m. Celinda Handy. 

Mrs. Esther d. in Burrillville, Feb. 14, 1821. Subsequently the 

husband ni. 2d, Margaret , at a date not found. No issue. 

-Tiralr' iidierited the old homestead of his father, a short distance 
south of the. now village of Glendale ; on which he built a new 
house, still standing. The estate was more recently occupied by 
Jason Jencks. Jirali disposed of that homestead, and in 1831 
took up his abode with his dr. Candace and her husband, Sam- 
uel Mathewson, in Ct. There he d. Dec. 1837, a. about 79 yrs. 
Nothing' further reported of him or his 2d wife. We presume he 
averaged fairly with the majority of our g-eneral family. How we 
shall succeed in tracing his posterity remains to be seen. 

[300.] Susanna B.'lLLou', Eleazer', Samuel'', James"', Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., Apl. 14, 17G0 ; m. Kxek 
Harris of Glocester, b. Mar. 2, 1757 ; cer. Oct. 4, 1781, by John 
Smith, J. P. Issue. — 

1493— 1. Ruth Harris, b. Jan. 10, 1782; m. James Clemens Aus'. 7, 1807. 

1494 — 2. David Harris, b. Dee. 8, '83; m. not named; went to New York. 

1495— 3. George Harris, b. Jan. 12, '8(); m. Nancy Phillips. . ' 

1496— 4. Stephen Harris, 1). May 13, '88; m. Avis Sayles. 

1497— 5. James Harris, b. Mar. 2, '91; m. 1st Marietta Sayles, 2d Sarah 


1498— (i. Jesse Harris, b. Apl. 2, '94; m. Nancy Dodge. 

1499— 7. Nancy Harris, 1). Mar. 2, '9G; m. Eddy Cooper. 

1500— 8. Phebe Harris, b. July 2, '98; unreported. 

1501— 9. Hazael Harris, b. Mar. 16, 1801; unreported. 

1502—10. Charlotte Harris, h. Apl. 5, '04; m. Evans Bartlett; living in 1885. 

Worthy people of the farmer class. He d. Apl. 28, 1811. Mrs. 
Susanna", intehig-ent and long vig-orous, d. Feb. 18, 1859, at the 
venerable a. of 98 yrs. 10 mos. and 4 ds. 

[3G1.] Charlotte Ballou'', Eleazer', Samuel', James'', Matu- 
rin'; b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Aug'. 19, 17G2 ; m. 


K^tephen Harris of said Glocester, son of Joseph ; cer. Aug. 26, 
1779, by Jona. Harris, J. P. Issue, b. in Eichmond, N. H. — 

1503—1. Elisha Hiirris, b. Dee. 28, 1780; d. al)out 1800. 

1504—2. Sarah Harris, h. Sept. 29, '83; m. leliabod Crossmau. 

1505—3. Olive Harris, 1). June 13, '88; unreported. 

1500-4. Stephen Harris, b. Sei)t. 25, '90; resided in Troy, N. H. 

1507—5. David Harris, b. Sept. 12, '93; m. Polly Bowen Feb. 2(), 1815. 

1508— (5. Viaua Harris, b. July 24, '96; m. Rnfus Taft, son of Nathaniel. 

1509 — 7. Susanna Harris, b. June 17, '99; m. Alvin Cass. 

Charlotte (Ballon) Harris" and husband emigrated to Richmond, 
N. H., in 1780, and purchased of Oliver Mason, in 17S7, Lot 23, 
Range 4, as their homestead. They appear to have lieen worthy 
members of the solid yeomanry, he a carpenter. There Mrs. 
Charlotte d. Nov. 25, 1801, a. about 39 yrs. Her husband m. 2d, 
EHzalieth Cornell, Jan. 8, 1803. No issue. His 2d wife d. Dec. 
25, 1823 ; and he d. May 21, 1833, a. aliout 75 yrs. His son David 
lived with him on the homestead till his death, and inherited the 
same. David m. Polly, dr. of Peleg Bowen, Feb. 26, 1815, and 
had Alcesta, who m. Edwin Cass, James M., William R., Daidd 
W., Louisa A., and Mary E. We mention these in the family 
connection, because we cannot conveniently trace them into the 
next generation. Of course Ave do not number them. 

[362.] PuusiA Ballou', Eleazer', Samuel', James', Maturiu' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., at a date not found ; m. Rus- 
sell Wood. 

No light has ever gladdened our genealogical vision to give us 
knowledge concerning the life-career and family record of this 
connubial pair. We must leave their tale to some more favored 

[363.] AuRELiA Ballou", Eleazer', SamueP, James'-', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., at a date not found ; m. 
Israel Aldrich of Douglas ; cer. not far from 1786, particulars not 
given. Issue, b. in said Douglas, Mass. — 

1510—1. Serena Aldrich, b. Sept. 28, 1787; untraced. 

1511—2. Imogene Aldrich, b. Nov. 12, '89; 

1512—3. Jonathan Aldrich, b. May 18, '92; 

1513—4. George Aldrich, b. Jan. 8, '95; 

1514—5. Israel Aldrich, b. June 3. '97; 

1515—6. Silas Aldrich, 1). dateless; 

1516—7. Asahel Aldrich, b. " 

1517—8. Tamson Aldrich, b. " 


Besides these, 8 others are rumored, viz.: Aurilhi, Phebe and 

1 864.] llowENA Ballou", Eleazer', Samuel', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., June 23, 1773 ; m. Asaliel 
Sliermaii of said Glocester, son of Elkanah and Margaret (Sewall) 
Sherman, b. Mar. 12, 1758 ; cer. Aug. 24, 1788, by Elder William 
Bowen. Issue, b. in now Burrillville. — 

1518— 1. Phel)f 81u'i-man, 1>. Dec. 1, 17NS; m. Georij-e Emerson 1807. 

1519— 2. DuttH- Sherman, b. Nov. 27, '!)(); m. Nancy Emerson 1811. 

1530— 8. Wilbur Sherman, b. Jan. 12, '98; d. u. m. in Burrillville Feb. 17, 


1531— 4. Prusia Sherman, b. Feb. 37, '95; m. William Chase May, 1815. 
1533— 5. Catherine Sherman, b. Oct. 8, '9G; m. John Emerson 1820. 

1523— 6. Alpha Sherman, b. Feb. 23, '99; m. Benjamin Whiting- Oct. 1, 


1524— 7. Syria Sherman, 1). Dec. 38, 1801; m. Maria Wood Eel). 14, 1828. 

1525— 8. Asahel Sherman, b. Maj- 2, '08; m. Eunice Walker Mar. 1820. 

1520— 9. Eowena Sherman, b. Nov. 25, '06; m. Norris Yates Nov. 12, 1836. 
1527—10. Jesse B. Sherman, b. Dec. 1, '09; m. Mary Jane Kelton Nov. 1, 

1528—11. Jedson Sherman, b. Fel). 27, '12; m. Bathsheba Thayer Mar. 10, 

1529—12. Smith Sherman, b. Feb. 26, '15; m. Elsa Southwick Feb. 1885, kc. 
1530—18. Stephen L. Sherman, b. Apl. 10, '18; m. 1st Abby W. Olney Dec. 

1, 1842, kQ. 

No biographical particulars or characteristics given. Presumed 
to have been worthy x't^ople of the agricultural class. Asahel 
Sherman d. in Burrillville, R. I., June 21, 183U. Mrs. Rowena 
(Ballon) Sherman' d. there Oct. 17, 1859, a. about 86 yrs. 

[365.] Pantileus Ballou', son of Eleazer', d. young. 

[366.] Okbe Ballou', Eleazer', Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, R. I., at a date not found ; m. Asa Brown, no partic- 
ulars, and settled in the State of N. Y. By some means we ascer- 
tained that they had a son living in Mannsville, Jefferson Co., N. 
Y., whose name is. — 

1581 — 1. Ferris Brown, birthplace, birth-date, etc., unreported. 

We wrote him, and sent a Circrdar, Mar. 27, 1885, to obtain his 
family. No response. 

Concerning the chn. of Dr. Joseph Sayles and his wife Patience 
(BaUou)', Saniuer', James', Maturin', our information is blank. 


We must tlierefore j^ass over [3(3?], Elioda Sayles; [368], Amey 
Sayles; [369], Patience Sayles; aud [370], Betty Sayles. 

[371.] Lydia Ballou', SannieP, SainueF, James", Maturin' ; b. 
it is said, in Sniitliiield, R. I., or possibly in Sackville, Province of 
New Brunswick, July 3, 1766 ; ni. 1st, T/ioimis JJeldiny, no partic- 
lars of liis ptge., birth-date, or nig-e. cer. Issue, understood to 
have been b. in the vicinity of Sackville. — 

1582 — 1. Eieliard Delaiiij-, b. uljuut 1T!)1; drowned, u<i'ed 25 yrs., u. m. 
1533 — 2. Sarah Delaiuy, b. about 1798; m. Francis Gray. Tliey were liv- 
inii- on tlie St. Johns river in 1857. No further traced. 

Mr. Delainy d. at a date not given, and Lydia' m. 2d, Sainticl 
Taijlor ; no date or particulars given. Issue. — 

1584—8. Henry Taylor, b. 171JiJ; d. u. m. in his 24th yr. 

1535 — 4. Samuel Taylor, 1). 1802; m. ; has7chn. ; res. Amherst, Nova Scotia. 

153(3 — 5. Elizabeth Tajdor, b. 1805; m. and res. in Amherst, Nova Scotia. 

1587 — 0. Georye Taylor, b. 1811; m. ; has 2 chn. ; res. New Brunswick. 

Mrs. Lydia' d. in 1850. None of this family further traced. 

[372.] S'TEPHEN Ballou\ SamueF, Samuel', James", Maturin', 
b. in Sackville, N. Brunswick, July 28, 1768 ; m. Polli/ Bddy ; no 
particulars of her relationship or respecting' cer. given. Issue. — 

1588 — 1. Amey, b. no date given; m. a Mr. Armstrong, and had several 
chn. She was living in 1857, a widow, at Dorchester, N. B. 

Stephen' and wife d. long since — no dates reed. Their descend- 
ants no further traced. 

[373.] Jesse Ballou', Samuel", Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Sackville, N. B., Oct. 20, 1770 ; d. in middle ag'e u. m. 

[374.] Susanna Ballou', Samuel', SaniueP, James"', Maturin' ; 
b. in Sackville, N. B., Sept. 12, 1774 ; m. Charles Byle.s, no date or 
particulars of cer. Issue. — 

1589 — 1. Charles Byles, I), not given; d. a. 7 yrs. 

1540—2. John Byles, b. " d. a. 5 yrs. 

1541—8. Mary Byles, b July 2, 1808; m. John Gayton Nov. 1882. 

1542—4. Euth Byles, b. Nov. 5, '12; m. Martin Powers Apl. 1888. 

Several infants were b. to these parents, during their period of 
fecundity, who d. unnamed. AVe learn from one of Mary Gayton's 
letters to Mr. Peck, that her father, Charles Byles, was b. in the 
north of Ireland, that he was long' a soldier and marine in the 


British service, that he was at one time badly wounded by a l)ullet 
throui^'h the ankle, that Ik; was a tailor by trade in his yontli, that 
he was nuieli older than her mother, that they must have been 
married not far from 1798, and that he d. in 1834, at the supposed 
ag'e of aliout S4 yrs. Finally, that her mother, Mrs. Susanna", d. 
ten yrs. later, a. about -TO yrs. Their descendants will be traced 
one o'eneration do^^^lward. 

[375. 1 Dekokah Ballou', the next in a.i^-e of this Samuel Bal- 
lou's chn., d. in advanced maideidiood in adverse circumstances. 

[37().] Phebe", the next in a^'e, d. in infancy. 

1 877.] EuTH Ballou', Samuel', Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Sackville, N. B., Feb. 18, 1784, appears to have been the most 
intellis'ent and enterprising' of this family. In her youth she left 
SackviUe, came to Smithtield, B. I., the native i)lace of her parents, 
and took up her alxjde Avitli her uncle, Moses Ballou. She m. 
27i<)uiHt<, and they settled in Columbus, N. Y., where she 
was livino- with a dr. in 18,53, as ascertained by Mr. Peck. We 
have added nt)thiiig' by inquiry to the information he received, as 
perhaps we oug'ht to have done. So our particidars of her Inog- 
raphy are very few. Whether she had more than one (;hild we 
have not ascertained. We g-ive but one. — 

154::5 — \. Esther A. Hmitli, h. not <iivt'n; m. a Mr. Gillmore. 

Death-dates oi Mrs. Ruth (Ballou) Smith and husband blank to 
us, hke that of their marriage, kc. Posterity no further traced. 

[Nos. 379 TO 386, Inclusive,] the chn. of Susanna Ballou' (Sani- 
ueP, James', Maturin',) and Jacob Arnold, her husband, 8 of them 
seem to l)e l)eyond our reach, and, as previously stated, must be 
treated according-ly, unless unexpectedly heard fi'om before we 
go to press. 

[387.] David Aknold', Dr. WilUani Arnold and Jemima (Bal- 
lou)', Sannier, James", Maturin' ; h. in Smithtield, R. I., Oct. 20, 
1708 ; d. in infancy. 

[388.] Lydia Arnold', Dr. William Arnold and Jemima (Bal- 
\o\\)\ Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. in Smithtield, R. I., Jan. 9, 
1774 ; m. Itlchard Steefe, son of Stephen, Esq., Glocester, R. I.; 
cer. Nov. 24, 1791. Issue, b. in said Glocester. — 

1.'544— 1. Arnold Steere, b. Nov. 2, 17*J2; m. Diana Aldrich. 
1545— 2. Lucinda Steere, h. Apl. 19, '94. 



1546— 3. Jemima Steere, b. Oct. 12, 1790; m. Beujamin Spear. 

1547— 4. Alpha Steere, h. Aii>i-. 4, '07. 

1548— 5. Eicliard Steere, b. Apl. 10, '99. 

1549— (5. Lydia Steere, b. Jan. 33, INOl. 

1550— 7. Elmira Steere, b. May 34, '03. 

1551— 8. Fraukliu Steere, b. Apl. 39, '05; d. young. 
1553— 9. Julian Steere, b. May 5, '07. 

1553—10. George W. Steere, b. June 14, '11. 

No further information concerning- tlie family ; and they will be 
no further traced. 

[389.] kSabra Ballou', David', SamueF, James', Matnrin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Nov. 7, 1770 ; m. Joshua 
Bi(jfavi% youug-est child of Benjamin and Elizabeth (SeAvell) 
Buffum', (Benjamin', Caleb', Robert'), b. in Smithtield, R. I., at a 
date not ascertained ; cer. June 4, 17(S(). Issue, all b. in said 
Smithtield. — 

1553i— 1. Anna Buffum, b. Feb. 20, 1787; d. young. 

1554 —3. Paulina Buffum, b. Nov. 30, '88; m. Nathaniel Bowditch. 

1555 —3. Elizabeth Biiffum, b. June 19, '93; m. Henry S. Manstield Nov. 

10, 1811. 

1556 —4. David B. Buffum, b. Oct. 9, '95; m. 1st Hannah Wheelock, 2d 

J. Morrill. 

1557 —5. Tyla Buffum, b. Feb. 7, '98; m. Wilder Holbrook Apl. 13, 1818. 

1558 —6. Moses Buffum, b. July 10, 1800; m. Louisa Pitts July 24, 1823. 

1559 —7. Sabra Buffum, b. Jan. 35, '03; d. prob. in 1815. 

1560 —8. Thomas M. Buffum, 1). June 13, '09; m. 1st 0. Peck, 2d E. Kim- 


Joshua Bulium was fifth in descent from Robert Buffum, who 
came from England in 1630, and set. in Salem, Mass. Joshua' 
was among the substantial farmers of Smithtield, R. I. He d. 
there in the autumn of 1800. His wife, a worthy daughter of our 
Ballon Israel, d. it is believed, during the summer of the same 
year, 1809, a. about 39 yrs. 

[390.] David Ballou, Jr., David', Samuel", James"', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Dec. 18, 1772 ; m. Mary 
Davis of Somerset, Mass., ptge., birth-date, c^cc, not given ; cer. 
prob. about 179G. Issue, b. in now Burrillville, R. I. — 

1561—1. Anna, b. Oct. 16, 1797; m. Elijah Trask; sett. Uxbridge. 

1562—2. James, b. June 5, '99; m. Hannah Tourtellott Seiit. 12, 1824. 

1563—3. Hannah, 1). Sept. 36, 1803; d. u. m. 1853. 

1564 — 4. Nathan, b. Oct. 9, '04; d. u. m. at mature age. 

1565 — 5. Wilbur, b. June 18, '06; m. • Dunbar. 


15G()— (). Martin, 1>. Mar. 12, ISOS; d. u. m. 1S2!). 

1567—7. Susanna, b. Sept. 22, '11; m. Wiley Pickering 1884. 

We presunu! the parents were of the farinin.i:^- chiss ; but nothing- 
has come to us descriptive of their i)ursuits or characteristics. 
Mrs. Mary (Davis) Bahon d. in 1814, a. about 34 yrs. David" d. 
in 1822, a. about 50 yrs. Both are said to have d. of consumption. 

[391.] Elijah Ballou', David', SaniueF, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Ghx-ester, now Burrillville, Pi. I., June 15, 1775 ; d. u. m. 1814, 

a. about 39 yrs. 

[392.] Joel Ballou', David', Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Nov. 19, 1777 ; m. Coro/'nie Gates, 
dr. of Samuel Gates, resident in Petersham, Mass.; cer. ISOl — no 
further ]^articulars concerning- the mge. They set. in said Peter- 
sham. Issue. — 

1568—1. Betsey, b. Feb. 2(i, 1802; m. 1st Harry Taft, 2(1 William Haskell. 
1569—2. Almira, b. May 2!), '04; m. 1st Wni. Bnllard, 2d Silas Clapi). 

1570—8. Philena) b. June 13, '06; m. 1st Curtis Gould, 2d Adin 

- twins, Bullard. 

1571—4. Fidelia ) b. June 13, '06; m. Levi Knapp Mar. 10, 1837. 

1572—5. Caroline H., b. July 11, '00; m. Joshua Ballou Nov. 2, 1841. 
1573—0. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 8, '12; d. Aug. 25, 1843, u. m. 
1574—7. Susan S., b. Jan. 14, '15; living in Petersliam u. ^i. Mar. 6, 1885. 

We have not been favored with the characteristics, or life experi- 
ences of Joel Ballon' and wife, but presume them to have been 
plain, worthy people of the agricultural class, no wise distinguish- 
able from the general average as to social standing in public or 
private relations, but respectable common people. She d. in Pe- 
tersham, Jan. 16, 1854. He never m. again, and d. there among 
his chn. Mar. 18, 18C3, a. 85 yrs. 3 mos. and 27 ds. 

[393.] Gardner Ballou", David', Samuel'', James"', Maturin' ; 

b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Dec. 23, 1779 ; grew up on 
the paternal homestead a farmer, and inherited a considerable 
portion of it. He never married. He did not enjoy good health, 
anticipated dissolution, made his Will Dec 26, 1819, and d. Dec. 
22, 1830. No one has favored us with his characteristics, which 
we presume were reputable. 

[394 J Welcome Ballou", David', Samuel', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Apl. 9, 1782 ; m. 1st Ruth 
Mowry, dr. of Eleazer Mowry' (Joseph, Joseph, Nathaniel), b. in 


Smitlilieia, K. I., Nov. 28, 1786 ; cer. Oct. 12, 1806, by James Oluey, 
J. P. Issue, I), in said Burrillville. — 

1575— 1. Nelson, h. June 36, ISIO; ivs. witli family, kc, Nortliport, 111. 
157C)— 2. Mowiy, 1). Apl. 27, '12; m. Abio-ail Mowry Mar. 1, 1836. 

Mrs. Eiitli (Mcnviy) Ballon d. Apl. 1812. Welcome' m. 2d, La- 
vina Chufte, dr. oi Stephen Chase, b. in Donolas, Mass., about 
1793 ; cer. July 18, 1813, by Eber Smith, J. P. A numerous issue, 
I), in said Burrillville. — 

1577 — 8. Joshua, b. Jan. (i, 1814; d. an infant. 

1578— 4. Joshua W., b. Mar. 28, '15; m. 1st Caroline H. Ballon, 2a Naomi 

C. Haynes. 

1579— 5. Sabra, b. Mar. 4, 'l(i; d. u. m. Apl. 14, 1872. 

1580— 6. Eunice, b. Feb. 26, '17; m. Thomas Hendrick. 

1581— 7. Mary E., b. May 1, '18; m. 1st Joseph Taft, 2d Manning Arnold. 

1582— 8. Thomas, b. May 2, '19; d. u. m. July 9, 1842. 

1583— 9. Anna, h. Aug. 26, '30; m. Albert Buffum. 
1584—10. Welcome, b. Dec. 24, '21; m. Sarah Tucker. 
1585—11. David, b. Mar. 10, '28; m. Euth Taft. 

158()— 12. George, 1). May 22, '24; m. 1st Ann Adams, 2d Betsey Darling. 

1587—13. Lavina, b. Nov. 16, '25; m. Daniel Wiil)our May 23, 1853. 

1588—14. Caroline, b. May 39, '27; d. young. 

1589—15. Benjamin, b. Nov. 16, '38; in the far Northwest. 

1590—16. Gardner, 1). Feb. 10, '30; m. Laura A. Kelley Mar. 15, 1864. 

1591—17. Wiusor, li. June 16, '31; m. Eluora Wilbour Aug. 30, 1854. 

1593—18. CaA)line E., b. Nov. 34, '33; m. Atwell Bartlett Sept. 3, 1853. 

1593—19. Levi, h. Feb. 16, '35; m. Abby Kelley July 4, 18.55. 

Welcome Ballou° and wives were of the substantial farmer class, 
and well esteemed in their sphere of society. What a family! 
He d. May 14, 18.'59. Mrs. Lavina, his widow, d. Aug-. 16, 1870. 

1 395.] Amasa B.allou", David', SamueF, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in (xlocester, Now Biu-rillville, B. I., Nov. 13, 178(5; m. 1st, Sophia 
Wheelock, b. in said Glocester, now Burrillville, Sept. 15, 1788 ; cer. 
Nov. 12, 1809, by William Boss, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Bur- 

1594—1. Sarah, b. Feb. 15, 1810; m. Elisha Bartlett July 3, 1831. 

1595—3. Louisa, b. Aug. 5, '13; m. Luke S. Keith Aug. 16, 1840. 

1596—3. Willard, b. Apl. 16, '16; m. Sarah Eeynolds Aug. 19, 1838. 

1597—4. Julia, b. June 37, '19; m. Smith Mowry Aug. 37, 1843. 

1598—5. Amasa, Jr., b. June 1, '2(i; m. Harriet Lydia Fay Nov. 38, 1850. 

Mrs. Sophia d. July 22, 1832. The husband m. 2d, Mrs. Lydia 
Sayles (Wheelock) Inman, widow of Asa luman, and dr. of 
Philetus Wheelock, b. Mar. 31, 1812; cer. ,1844. No issue. 


'Amasa BallciiT' and wives Avore ainmi,i2: tlio most substantial, ex- 
emplary, and respected ]ieople of Jjuirillville. He was a wealthy 
farmer and an honored citizen — Justice of the Peace, re])resenta- 
tive in the State Leafislature, etc. Mrs. Lydia, his 2d wife, d. Dec. 
29, 1872. He d. Mar. 16, 1878, a. 91 yrs. 4 mos. and 3 ds. 

[39().] Joanna Ballou', David', Samuer', James'', Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Bnrrillville, E. I., Oct. 22, 1790; m. WWrovie 
Mmrn/, son of Richard and Hannah (Arnold) MoAvry, 1). in Smith- 
field, 11. I., July 4, 178G; cer. prob. in said Burrillville Sept. 23, 
1810, by James Olney, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Smithtield, now 
North Smithtield.— 

15l)i)_ 1. Ulysses Mowry, b. Fob. 2, 1811; m. 1st Roba T. Eddy, 2d Sylvia 

KiOO— 2. Emily Mowiy, 1). June (i, '18; m. Simon W. riiottiplacc Apl. IS, 

1001— 8. Welccime Mowry, b. ScM't. !i, '15; m. Charlotte H. Simpson Oct. 

It), 1S43. 
1(>()2— 4. David B. Mowry, 1). Apl. 22, 'IS; m. Elizal)eth Mowiy Sept. 12, 

IGO;^— 5. Haunali Mowry, b. Mar. 12, '21; d. n. m. Feb. 12, 1873. 
1()04— (). Eliza Mowry, b. Dec. 11), '24; d. u. m. Mar. 10, 188S. 
KiOo— 7. Hiram Mowry, b. Dec. 7, '2(5; m. Elizabetli Mann May 22, 1858. 
1()0()~- 8. Winsor MoAvry, b. Oct. 2(5, '27; m. 1st Marcelia A. Day, 2d E. 

1(507— !). All)ert W. Mowry, 1). May 80, '81; m. Hannah M. Jennison Oct. 

5, 1858. 
1(508—10. Georo-e J. Mowry, 1). Dec. 1!), '88; m. Desire Mowry Anj?. 80, 1855. 

A sterlin.i^- yeoman family, parents and clin. Hard workers, 
good livers, and respected members of society. Welcome Mowry 
learned first the trade of a house carpenter with Emor Angell of 
Providence, was a joiirneymaii at the building of the first manu- 
factory ill Blackstone, Mass., then became a millwrig-ht in the 
employment of John Slater at the founding of Slaterville, li. I., 
and thenceforth followed th(^ same occupation while able to per- 
form manual Ld)()r. He d. Dec. 14, 1872, a. 8(5 yrs. 5 mos. and 10 
ds. Mrs. Joanna' preceded him many years. She d. June 27, 
1846, a. 55 yrs. 8 mos. and 2 ds. No 2d mge. of the husband has 
been reported to us. 

[897.] William Ballou', Moses', Samuel', James"', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithtield, B. I., July 25, 17(58; m. Jiiit/i Brhjgs^ dr. of Samuel 
Briggs; cer. in CuiiiV)erlaiid, B. I., Feb. 14, 1790, by Levi Ballou, 
J. P. Issue. — 

254 S0:N'S of MOSES BALLOU\ 

1(309—1. Alpha, 1). Auj;-. 4, 17!)0; m. Thomas Tayk)r. 

1610—2. Mavthii, b. Sept. 26, '92; m. Elias Etldj'. 

1611—8. Lillis I . I). Dec. 8, '95; m. James -Tones. 

1612—4. Electa ) *^^'"^^' 1). Dec. 3, '95; m. Ahial Lombard. 

1613—5. Welcome, b. Aug. 29, '98; m. Husan Hamlin. 

1614—6. Elizabeth, 1). Feb. 9, 1802; m. Joshua White Ballon. 

William Ballon" and wife emigTated a few years after mg'e. to a 
locality which became Femier, Madison Co., N. Y. One or two of 
their elm. were prob. b. before tlie}^ left R. I., perhaps in Smith- 
field ; the others in their new home. He was a lionse car]ienter, 
and followed that trade in early life, but devoted most of his time 
and energies, after settling in N. Y., to clearing and cidtivatiug 
his farm. He was an industrious and hard toiling man, and 
struggled against serious discourag-ements. He was a consider- 
able dealer in real estate, a respected citizen, and entrusted with 
various municipal offices. He and his wife d. and were buried on 
their N. Y. homestead. Their death-dates not given. 


[398.] George Ballou', Moses', Samiiel', James'', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Apl. 19, 1770; m. L'dlis Cook, a dr. of David 
Cook, Sen. We are inadequately posted on date and particulars 
proper for this family record. Issue. — 

1015 — 1. George W., b. dateless record; d. in Michigan, a. abont 21 3'rs. 
1016—2. Jetferson, b. " " d. in Lenox, N. Y., u. m. 

1617—3. Betsey, b. perhai)S 1802; d. in Lenox, N. Y., n. m., Aug. 1859. 

George Ballon' and wife left a gfood name for honest industry 
and moral worth in the common walks of plain farming life. He 
settled first in Fenner, N. Y., where he resided some twenty-five 
or thirty years. He then removed to Oakland Co., Mich. There 
his son Geo. Washington Ballon d., and after a sojourn of ten 
years he returned to the State of N. Y. — settling in the town of 
Lenox, Madison Co. There, on a comfortable homestead, he 
si)ent the remainder of his days. He held no public offices, 
minded his own business, performed well his domestic duties, and 
enjoyed peace with God and man. He d. about 1852 or 3, a. 82 
yrs. Mrs. Lillis, his widow, d. there in 1860, a. about 87 yrs. 
Meantime their son Jefi'erson and dr. Betsey passed away, and 
the family became extinct. 

[399.] Col. Arnold Ballou', Moses', Saniuer*, James'', Ma- 
turin'; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Mar. 2G, 1772; m. Nancy Cook, dr. 
of Judge David Cook, b. Jan. 27, 1784; cer. Nov. 9, 1800. Issue, 
b. Fenner, N. Y. — 


1618—1. Fenner, b. Aug. 4, 1801; ni. Lucy Baldwin. 

1619—2. Orrilla, 1). Oct. 35, '04; m. David B. Haii;ht. 

1620—3. Aniiincla, 1). Dec. 10, '07; m. Hamuel H. Wlniiple. 

1631—4. Caroline, b. Mar. 27, '12; m. D. Miner Gillet. 

1(122-5. DeWitt Clinton, b. Dec. 15, '14; m. Sarali White. 

1628—6. Arnold Cook, b. Jan. 10, '18; m. Sarali M. Pierson. 

1624—7. Montsure^ . b. Oct. 10, '18; d. Auo-. 2, 1822. 

l()25-8. Chevalier) ^''""'''' b. Oct. 10, '18; d. Aug. 5, 1822. 

I(i26— !». Quincy Adams, b. Sept. 25, '25; ni. Mary Hill. 

Col. Arnold Ballon" seems to have towered above all his brothers 
in wealth, pnblic distinction, and worldly success g-enerally. He 
had ambition, enter[)rise, talent and skill to do so. He became a 
larg"e landholder, dealer in bills of credit, mortoaoes, and real 
estate, held many civil as well as military t)ffices, and- wielded a 
commanding intluence in various circles of society. He carried 
with him from Eliode Island a deep reverence for Gov. Fenner of 
that State, and when the territorial locality in which he settled be- 
came a ccnporate town, he successfully secured for it the name of 
Fenner. Meantime he gave his first-born son the same name. In 
the war of 1812-14 with England, he commanded a regiment of 
volunteer militia at Sacketts Harl)or, N. Y., and won the high 
esteem of his soldiers, fellow officers and fellow citizens generally. 
So he bore his honors of all kinds triumphantly down to the grave, 
and his wife worthily shared them with him. Whatever faults of 
our common humanity mingled Avitli his good qualities have not 
been certified to mar this record. He d. in Fenner, Madison Co., 
N. Y., where his chn. were born, and he had achieved his distinc- 
tion, Oct. 10, 1833, a. 61 yrs. 6 nios. and 15 ds. Mrs. Nancy (Cook) 
Ballon, Avidow of Col. Arnold, survived him several years, and d. 
May 31, 1853, a. 69 yrs. 5. mos. and 4 ds. 

[400.] Elizabeth Ballou", Moses", SamueP, James", Maturiu' ; 
b. in Smithfield, K. I., Feb. 28, 1776 ; m. a Mr. Taylor, and set. 
somewhere in Oswego Co., N. Y. This is all Mr. Peck could 
learn from one of her most intelligent relatives. And not know- 
ing the name of the town in Oswego Co. where she and her 
husband located, we knew not how to trace her family. We 
therefore abandon her to genealogical obscurity, so far as this 
volume is concerned. 

[401.] Duty Ballou", (some records have his Christian name 
Dutee, others Duty,) Moses', Samuer, James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., May 31, 1779; m. Liidhi l(7//fc, dr. of Samuel 


and Haimali (Aldricli) White, birth-date not given ; cer. in said 
Smithlield June 8, 18UU, by Thomas Mann, J. P. Issue, under- 
stood to have been b., the eldest two in Smithtield, R. I., tha 
others in Greenfield, Saratog-a Co., N. Y., where the parents 
settled soon after mge. — 

1027— 1. Almira, b. Oct. 14, 1800; m. Dauipl Allen Jan. 18, 1830. 

1628— 2. Desire, li. Dec. 21, '02; m. Aniasa Martin Dec. 80, 1824. 

1(529— 8. Nancy, 1). Anji". 1, '05; d. n. m. Aug. 4. 1825. 

1080 — 4. Rensselaer, b. Jnue 1, '07; m. Nancy Cooper May 2, 1885. 

1631— 5. Melinda, b. Sept. 2, '09; d. n. m. Jan. 24, 1854. 

1082- 0. Hannah Angell, b. July 8, '11; ni. Felix Thomas May 15, 1887. 

1088— 7. Dutee, Jr., b. May 21, '18; ni. Rhoda Medbnry Feb. 10, 1842. 

1(584— 8. Lydia, 1). Se])t. 22, '15; m. Truman Tourtellott Aug. 8, 1848. 

1(585— 9. Daniel A., b. Dec. 18, '19; m. Frances A. Perry Oct. 8, 1856. 

1636—10. Hamuel W., b. Dec. 81, '22; m. Mary A. Mitchell May 2, 1844. 

There seeins to be a deplorable dearth of biog-raphical informa- 
tion concerning" Duty Ballon" and wife. They must have been 
worthy of a much better commemoration than any documents that 
have reached us indicate. All we can say is, that they^ settled in 
Greenfield, Saratoga Co., N. Y., not long after mge., purchased a 
respectable homestead, cultivated it creditably, raised their ten 
children on it, and closed their mortal lives there. He d. in Feb. 
1850 in his 71st yr. Mrs. Lydia's death-date has not l)een re- 
ported to us at this writing. 

[402.] Moses Ballou", Moses', SamueP, James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., June 2, 1781 ; m. Maii/ia Uaiuhdl of North 
Providence, dr. of John Randall, b. No. Providence, R. I., Feb. 
29, 1792 ; cer. Dec. 28, 1818. Issue, all but the youngest under- 
stood to have been b. in said Smithfield. — 

1637—1. John R., b. Aug. 25, 1811); d. Sept. 24, 1820. 
1638—2. Deziah C, b. Mar. 20, '21; m. Benjamin Read Dec. 20, 1842. 
1639—3. Moses D., b. Dec. 2, '22; m. Eunice F. Lane June 18, 1850. 
1640—4. Albert R., b. in Troy, N. H., Dec. 8, '24; m. Mary M. Mason 
Sept. 26, 1849. 

Moses Ballou' was an intelligent, enterprising and thrifty man, 
of respectable rank in community and fair wealth. AVe have not 
been favored with any testimonials from his family respecting his 
peculiar experiences or characteristics, and therefore cannot en- 
large in that direction. He removed from Smithfield, R. I., Dec. 
21, 1823, to Troy, N. H., where he had purchased a valuable 
homestead. On that, or in the near vicinity, he continued till his 
death, which took place Oct. 3, 1838, a. 57 yrs. 1 mos. and 1 day. 












His elm. niid descencLints have resided in tluit general region ever 
since. Mrs. Martha (Randall) Ballon d. at the home of her 
daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. and Mr. Benjamin Bead, 8wauzey, 
N. H., Sept. 23, 1873, a. 81 yrs. 6 mos. and 24 days. 

[403.] Otis Ballou', Moses', Samuer, James", Maturiu' ; b. in 
Smithtield, R. I., Mar. 27, 1784; m. IViehe Laphaw., dr. of Thomjis 
Laphani, b. in Smithtield at a date not g-iven ; cer. in that town 
Mar. 28, 1802, l)y Thomas Mann, J. P. Issue.— 

Aliiuson, 1). Mar. 13, 1804; lu. Hanmili Cole 1822 or 3. 

Olive, 1). Nov. 9, '08; d. n. m. Nov. 20, 1847. 

Ruth, b. Nov. 3, '12; d. u. m. Mar. 1874. 

Lucy, 1). Mar. 23, ,14; m. Christoplier Hewitt. 

Moses, b. Sept. 14, '17; m. Fanny Peacock Dec. 10, 1848. 

Otis Ballon' and wife, soon after mge. in 1803, sett, in Green- 
field, Saratoga Co., N. Y., where all their chn. were born. He 
Avas a respectable farmer, and served his town for several years as 
Collector of taxes. Constable, <fcc. He rose to no hig"her distinc- 
tion than this in ciidc life; but he, his wife and family, bore a 
good reputation in their sphere. He d. there Nov. 20, 1834. 
Mrs. Phebe (Lapham) Ballon d. July 22, 1849. 

[404.] Desire Ballou", Moses', Samuel', James'"', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithtield, R. I., Feb. 19, 1788 ; m. Ezeklel Fowler, M. D., son 
of Ezekiel and Sarah Fowler, b. in Worcester, Mass., May 8, 1787 ; 
cer. in said Smithtield Dec. 9, 1816,- by Robert Harris, J. P. No 

Mrs. Desire was a capable and worthy woman, and an excellent 
wife. She died at Woonsocket, R. I., Apl. 27, 18G3. Dr. Fowler 
was a man of superior natural aljilities, eminent acquired intelli- 
gence and professional skill, extensive medical practice, sound 
judgment in all the aiiairs of life, and unlilemished moral integ- 
rity. He received a competent education in Worcester and 
Leicester, settled 1814 in Smithtield as a physician, achieved 
popular success and confidence, and later became prominent in 
financial institutions. He was chosen a Director of the W(^on- 
socket Falls Bank in 1828, and was made its President in 1849 — 
holding his i)osition till his decease. He Avas also a Trustee and 
President of the Woonsocket Savings Bank. At a meeting of the 
Bank Directors " on the (hiy of his death, the following Preamble 
and Resolutions were unanimously adoi)ted. — 

The death of the President of this Bank, Dr. Ezekiel Fowler, 



liaviiig- been announced to this Board, this day, we deem the oc- 
casion appropriate to express, not only our deep regret at his loss, 
but our high esteem of his character, both as an officer and as a 
man. And it is therefore 

Resolved, that the long official connection of Dr. Fowler with 
this Institution, as Director now nearly thirty-tive years, and for 
the last fifteen years as President, has been marked by a dignified 
and unostentatious devotion to the duties of his office, and in his 
death we mourn a faithful officer, a true friend, and an honest man. 

Resolved, that as a further mark of our esteem and respect, this 
Bank be closed fi-om 10 A. M. to 2 r. m. on Thursday next, the day 
of his funeral, and that this Board attend as a body." 

Funeral services were rendered at Friends' Meetinghouse in 
presence of a large and sympathetic assembly. He and his wife 
are commemorated by suitaljle monumental inscriptions in the 
cemetery of the old Union Bank Tillage as follows. — " Ezekiel 
FowLEii died July 21, 18G3, Aged 76 years. ' The pure in heart 
see God.' Desire Fowlek, his Wife, died April 27, 1863, Aged 
75 years. ' We shall be like him when we see him as he is.' " 

[■1U5.] WiLLAitD B-\LLOu\ Moscs', SamucP, James", Matiuin' ; b. 
in Smithtield, R. I., Mar. 12, 1792 ; m. Siimn Neirell, dr. of David 
Newell (David, Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), mother's maiden 
name Charlotte Williams, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mai'. 11, 1800, 
brought up mainly in Pelliam, Mass. ; cer. Dec. 5, 1826. Issue, 
b. in said Smithtield. — 

1646—1. Willard Haile, b. Apl. 21, 1827; m. Kutli Biirdon Smitli Dec. 28, 

1647 — 2. Aruold Newell, b. Dec. 23, '29; in. Emily Fruuces Mo wry Sept. 

25, 1851. 
1648 — 3. Susan Carpenter, b. May 17, '31 ; m. Ealph xlbercrombie Mar. 4, 

1641)— 4. Desire Fowler, b. Ai)l. 19, '35; m. Davis Aklrich. 

Capt. Willard Ballou" inherited an important portion of the 
ancient homestead originally settled on by James Ballon". There, 
amid the old landmarks and relics, he lived and died. He left a 
reputable record for intelligence and moral worth. His wife left 
one no less reputable. Mr. Peck credited her with much kind 
helpfulness in facilitating his acquisition of valuable antique doc- 
uments, long stored away in unexamined chests and boxes of the 
family progenitors. He d. on the time-hallowed premises Nov. 
18, 1853, a. 61 yrs. 8 mos. and 6 ds. Mrs. Susan d. Apl. 3, 1872, a. 
72 yrs. and 23 ds. 


[406.] FiiEELOYE B.\lloit", Moses', SaniueF, James", Maturiu'; 
b. in fSmitlitield, R. I., Apl. 20, 17i)4 ; iii. Jhivid Moirry, Jr., i>e(li- 
gree not traced, b. in said Suiitlitield July 3, 1791 ; cev. Oct. 1(5, 
1817, by Robert Harris, J. P. Issue, all b. in Smitlitield.— 

1650—1. Bprtha Mowiy, b. Juno 12, 1819; d.. on the 27tli of the sumo month. 
1(551—3. Desire Mowry, b. Dec. 18, '34; ni. George J. Mowry Aug. m), 1S55. 
1653—3. Charles Wing Mowry, b. Sept. 4, '-l^^; m. Mary Annie Dowen Mar. 

30, ISSO. 
1653—4. Minerva Mowry, b. May 26, '35; ni. 1st Daniel Smith, 3(1 Wliipple 

M. Follett. 

Strange to record, all these elm. Avere b. deaf mutes. But hap- 
pily the three survivors received a good eilucation at the famous 
Institution in Hartford, Ct., and thus attained a useful and enjoy- 
able life. Nothing" reaches us in testimony to the good qmdities 
and characteristics of the parents, which we shall take for granted. 
Mr. Mowry d. Sept. 5, 1873, a. 82 yrs. Mrs. Freelove' d. Mar. 18, 
1880, a. SG yrs. 

[407.] Mary Ballou', eldest dr. of Aaron', is supposed to have 
d. young. 

[408.] Jonathan Ballou', Aaron', Samuel', James", Maturin'; 
b. in Smithfield, R. I., Mar. 12, 1775; m. uWrn/ Smit/i, dr. of Emor 
Smith, b. in said Smithfield at an ungiveu date ; cer. Mar. 23, 1793, 
by Elisha Olne}^ J. P. Issue. — 

1054—1. Sarah, b. Feb. 33, 1795; m. Tardon Davis. 

1655—2. Aaron, b. June 30, '96; m. Anna Davis Dec. 25, 1819. 

1656—3. Emor Smith, b. June 26, '98; m. Lydia Qavis about 1822. 

1657 — 4. Lillis, b. not found; d. young. 

1658 — 5. Melissa, b. not found; d. young. 

We suppose these chn. were all b. in Smithfield, R. I., or its 
general vicinity, and that the mother d. thereabouts not far from 
the year 1800. Mr. Peck pushed his inquiries as far as practica- 
ble into the history of this Jonathan Ballou's family, and we have 
added nothing to the information he collected. That was some- 
what obscure, imperfect and unsatisfactory. The most we can 
deduce from it is that Jonathan' found himself in desperate cir- 
cumstances after the death of his wife, resolved on shipping him- 
self for employment on the ocean, and virtually threw his mother- 
less chn. on the care of their near relations. His father, then in 
Adams, Mass., took Emor S. into his own comfortable home, at 
the age of three and a half years, and probably provided in whole 


or in ]i;irt for the others. Their father went to New York to find 
desired employment, bnt misfortune shadowed him. He took the 
yellow fever, and barely survived it to catch the small pox, but 
recovered, wrote home a sad letter to his father, and soon after 
shipped for a voyage to the East Indies. He was never heard 
fi'om more. It is not improbable that he had previously been a 

[409.] Aaron Ballou", Aaron', Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Snuthtield, K. I., Apl. 14, 1777 ; m. Manjuret {Morand) Sleigh- 
ter, a French lady, widow of Charles Sleighter, and dr. of John 
Baptiste Morand, V). in Paris, France, May 12, 1709 ; cer. in New 
Orleans, La., Dec. 25, 1820. Issue, b. in Galway, Saratoga Co., 
N. Y.— 

1659—1. Cclestine, b. 3\\\y 10, 1S22; ni. Emily Wriglit Apl. (!, 1850. 
IGfiO— 2. Franee«, b. Ke])t. 17, '2:^; m. jNIoses Pierson Wliittaker 

Dec. 1, 1842. 
1(561—8. Zillia Albee, h. Jan. 25, '25; d. n. in. Jniu' 80, 1854. 
1662—4. Luna Louisa, b. Mar. (i, '80; in. Harrison Denny Mar. 25, 1847. 

Aaron Ballou" betook himself early to the seas. He was enter- 
prising", talented, and responsible — rose to the command of valua- 
ble merchant vessels — sailing to and fro between several important 
parts of the world, until his marriag'e in 1820. Then, with his 
capable, intelligent wife, some twenty-three or four years young-er 
than himself, he went to his deceased father's homestead in Gal- 
way, N. Y., where he dwelt, in company with a brother-in-law, 
until the death of his widowed mother in 1834. Meantime his 
four chn. had been born, he devoting' the niaj(3r portion of every 
year to the command of sailing craft on the Lakes. Finally, he 
sold out his interest in the patrimonial estate at Galway, N. Y., 
and in 1884 settled on an eligible domain near New Goshen, Vigo 
Co., Ind. There he closed his earthly career Nov. 18, 1839, a. 62 
yrs. 7 mos. and 4 ds. Mrs. Margaret, his widow, survived her hus- 
band many years. Since writing the foregoing we have received 
from one of her reverent grand drs. a copy of the following Olrit- 
uary, which we suppose to have been pu])lished in a Terre Haute 
newspaper not named. — 

" Died at the residence of her son-in-law, Harrison Denny, seven 
miles north of Terre Haute, Jan. 17, 1885, Margaret Ballou, aged 
85 years, 8 months and 5 days. She was b. in Paris, France, May 
12, 1799, Her maiden name was Margaret Morand. She was 
married to Charles Sleighter, an American gentleman, Aug. 24, 


1819, and soon iifter, leaving- relatives and Mends, tliey sailed for 
America. After a voyag-e of thirteen weeks, they landed at New 
Orleans. They lived a happy married life nutil July, 1820, when 
her hnshand died with yellow fever — leaving her among strangers. 
On Dee. 25, 1820, she was married to Aaron Ballon, who had been 
a bosom friend of her former husband. They remained at NeAV 
Orleans until 1821, when they set sail for New York. The ship 
was cast aAvay in a storm, off the port of New York, but they 
escaped a watery grave, by the assistance of the sailors. They 
lived in Galway, N. Y.. till 1884, when they removed to the State 
of Indiana, and settled near New Goshen, remaining there until 
her husband's death, Nov. 18, 1839. She then moved to the 
vicinity of Terre Haute. She was the mother of five children, of 
whom three are living — a son and two daug-hters. She had 
twenty-two g-randchildren, of whom ten are living-, and twelve 
g-reat-g-randchildren, nine of whom are living-. 

She was trained a Roman Catholic, and continued in that faith 
until the age of fourteen, when she had a change of heart, but did 
not leave the C-athohc Church till Apl. 12, 1846. She was then 
baptized and joined the Baptist church of Terre Haute under the 
Eev. Mr. Dixon. She died, as she had lived, a devoted Christian, 
and leaves a very large circle of fi'iends to mourn her loss. 

"Asleep ill Jesus, blessed sleep, 
Fi-dm wliieli none ever wake to weep." 

[410.] Isaac Ballou", Aaron\ SamueF, James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithlield, E. I., Mar. 30, 1779; m. 1st JLfn/ II '////(, dr. of 
Joshua and Mary (Peck) ^Yliite, b. Nov. 15, 1776 ; cer. in Adams, 
Mass., Mar. 17, 1797. Issue, all but the youngest two b. in said 
Adams, and these two in Fairtield, Herkimer Co., N. Y. — 

1008— 1. Mercy, b. Aug. 5, 1798; m. Ira Hurris, Saratoga Co., N. Y. 

1664— 2. Josliua White, b. Sept. 12, 'i)!); ni. Elizabetli Ballon. 

1665— 8. Cynthia, b. July 13, 1801; m. Daniel Woodworth. 
1606— 4. James, b. Feb. 2, '08; m. Lucy M. Adams. 
1667— 5. Malina, b. Sept. 4, '04; m. Pardon Allen. 

166S — 6. Isaac Albee, 1). Apl. 15. '00; m. Hannah Allen. 

1669— 7. Mary Peck, 1). Mar. 12, '08; m. Reuben Head. 

1670— 8. Lydia, 1). Apl. 29, 1810; m. Jacob B. Gee. 

1671— 9. Norman, b. Sept. 4, '12; d. Mar. 10, 1818. 

1672 — 10. Volney, 1). June 14, '14; ni. Margaret Crawford. 

Mrs. Mary, the mother of all these chn., d. in Fairfield, N. Y., 
soon after the birth of Volney, viz. Sept. 10, 1814. Isaac' subse- 


queutlj' in. 2(1 Mrs. Anna Grimes, a widow; cer. in Fairtield, N. Y., 
Feb. 11, 181G — no otlier particulars «-iven. No issue. 

Isaac" was a liard toiling", executive, worthy farmer. He was 
first settled with or near his father, Aaron', in Adams, Mass. 
Whether they dwelt together as co-proprietors on the same home- 
stead, or on separate adjacent properties, we are not informed. 
But in 1810 ,they both sold out their estates, and pitched their 
family tents anew in the 8tate of New York. Aaron' settled in 
Galway, Saratoga Co., and his son Isaac in Fairfield, Herkimer 
Co. There his young-est elm. were b., his 1st wife d., and he m. 
the 2d. In 1835 he moved again, and took up his abode in Homer, 
Calhoun Co., Mich. Some ten or eleven yrs. later his 2d wife d. 
there ; that is, Sept. 28, 1846. He was now uearing- his threescore 
and ten, wearing out, and lonely. He finally fell into the kind 
care of his dr. Cynthia and husband, Mrs. and Mr. Daniel Wf)od- 
wortli of Auburn, N. Y., where, if we mistake not epistolary state- 
ments, he d. in 1850, a. about 71 years. 

[411,] William Ballou', Aaron', SamueP, James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Smithfield, R. I., June 8, 1781. He never m., always lived 
at home with his parents, and when his mother deceased took 
shelter under the wing of his brother Aaron, moved with him to 
, Terre Haute, Vigo Co., Ind., where he d. Apl. 9, 1836, in his 55tli 
yr. AVe get no distinguishing characteristics of this William Bal- 
lon. He was a deaf mute, and so incapacitated for any remarka- 
ble achievements in society. But we infer, fi-om what was dropped 
in various letters to Mr. Peck, that he was orderly, quiet, good 
and useful in the domestic sphere to which he was chiefly con- 
fined by his infirmity. 

[412.] Lydia Ballou", Aaron', Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., May 19, 1783; m. Andrev Edviunds. We are 
scantily informed concerning Lydia', her husband, and their de- 
scendants. All we have learned is that they were m., prol). in 
Galway, N. Y., or the near vicinity, and both d., not far from 1825, 
leaving one daughter, who m. and d. somewhere in Michigan, and 
left one- child. No further traced. 

[413.] Susanna Ballou", Aaron', Samuel', James"', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 27, 1788; m. Jonathan Weeden, Galway, 
N. Y. She d. there long ago, leaving two sons and two daughters: 
No more told ; and we cannot afibrd to make further research. If 


such presentations of family records as these hist two are uninter- 
estino- and unsatisfactory to reading' friends, they are much more 
so to the compiler. 

Next in order come the descendants of James Ballon" throug'h 
his drs. Susanna'' and Bathsheba'. Susanna m. John lunum, and 
Bathsheba m. Daniel Arnold. We have presented, in their g'en- 
erations, the chn. and grand chn. of these Inmans and Arnolds to 
the extent of our information, aiul cannot well trace them further. 
So we pass over Nos. [413^] to [439], inclusive. This brings us 
to the descendants of Nehemiah Ballou" throug-h his son Peter'. 

[440.] Freelove Ballou", Peter', Nehemiah', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., June 2G, 1754 ; m. Ei'ijah 
Cook (Elijah, Ebenezer, Samuel, AValter), birth-date not ascer- 
tained ; cer. Oct. 13, 1773, by Abraham Waterman, J. P. The 
only names of their chn. that have come to our knowledg'e are. — 

1073—1. Gideon Cook; ni. and luid 10 elm.— 7 sous aud 8 drs. 

1074 — 3. Sylvanus Cook; m. and had 2 sous. 

1075 — 3. Richard Cook; m. aud had 5 cliu. — 8 sous aud 2 drs. 

We suspect there were several more ; but Glocester and Burrill- 
ville, like some other towns in our country, are hard mining- dis- 
tricts for g-enealogists. It costs more time and pains to dig \\\> the 
coveted nug'gets than most explorers can afford. As nearly as we 
can learn, Gideon and Richard Cook emigrated to Unadilla, Ot- 
sego Co., N. Y. Doubtless labor enough would unearth descend- 
ants of Freelove', either in her native region, or in distant locali- 
ties ; but we must be excused from further attempts to trace. We 
believe that Elijah, husband of Freelove (Ballon) Cook, d. in Glo- 
cester, now Bvirrillville, R. I., Sept. 21, 1790, and. that his son 
Gideon, as administrator, settled his estate. The place and date 
of Mrs. Freelove's death has not come to our knowledge. Since 
penning the foregoing, and reconsitlering the meagre frag-ments 
on which we have depended for authority, a doubt arises whether 
Elijah Cook, Jr., who m. Freelove Ballon", was the father or the 
brot/icr of Gideon, Sylvanus and Richard Cook ; and we cannot 
solve this doubt to our full satisfaction. We must therefore leave 
the case in some uncertainty, hoping- that our record will prove 

[441.] Maky Ballou', Peter', Nehemiah', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., May 18, 1756; m. larael Svut/i, 


son of Capt. John Smith of said Glocester ; cer. July 6, 1778, by 
Jonathan Harris, J. P. No more told us. 

Doubtless they added more or less recruits to this ubiquitous 
and countless race, but it is not our good fortune to register their 
names in this volume. No researcher has rejiorted them. 

[442], Patience Ballou"; [443], Eve Ballou' ; [444], IVIartha 
Ballou"; and [445], Joanna Ballou', drs. of Peter, are said to 
have been buried within the same week, during the Revolutionary 
war. Neither the disease nor particular date are given. Proba- 
bly an epidemic dysentery or scarlatina, often sweepingly fatal in 
those days, cut them oft' in growing girlhood. Perhaps, however, 
we have assumed too much in taking for granted that the above 
named four drs. were the identical ones that died the same week, 
as there were three others, next after them, that d. in early infancy 
unnamed. Possiblj^ one of these was included in the number first 
specified. We must leave that to conjecture. But it seems certain 
that seven, named and unnamed, passed away y^uug. 

[446.] Seth Ballou', Peter', Nehemiah', James", IVIaturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., October, 1772; m. Sophia 
Anderson, dr. of Dr. Thomas Anderson; cer. in IMonson, Mass., 
at a date not given, liut conjectured to be not far from 1798. 
Issue. — 

1C70— 1. Pliilauder, b. Litclitield, N. Y., 1800; m. Sarali Comstock. 

1677—2. DaufordG., b. " " Feb. 30, '02; m. Cyiitha Worralls. 

1678—8. Lillis, b. " " Apl. 20, '05; m. 1st Fitch Com- 

■stock, 2d Ed.soii Barney. 

1679—4. Eliza, 1). Litclitield, N. Y., 'OS; m. Manning Leslie 1834. 

1680—5. Lorancy, b. " " '10; m. Xatlmniel Foster. 

1681—6. Miranda, b. " " '12; m. David Hamilton. 

1682—7. Almira, b. " " '14; m. James Cameron. 

1683—8. Thomas D., b. Litclitield, N. Y., '17; m. Mary A. Leslie 1840. 

It appears, from various testimony of his chn. and descendants, 
that Setli Ballou" went in his boyhood, along with the rest of his 
father's family, during the Revolutionary war, from Glocester to 
some town in INIass. What to^^al that was is left to conjecture, but 
fi'om the fact that Seth m. his wife in INIonson, we presume that 
his father settled, or rather sojourned there, or in the near vi- 
cinity. In 1803 Seth and his father moved to Litchfield, Herki- 
mer Co., N. Y. In 1819, after his father's death, 8etli' removed 
to Independence, Cuyahoga Co., O., taking his aged mother along 
with him, and she d- there. In 1830 or 31 Seth removed to St. Jo- 


sei)li (^)., Mich. For some re;isoii lu' .-uul Lis wife sjient a l)i-i((t' 
period in Illiuois. There Mrs. Sophia (Anderson) Ballon d. and 
was bnried, at a date not given. Her hnsband returned desolate 
to Mich., and d. at Otseg-o, Allegan Co., in that State, 18(!(), a. 
abont 88 yrs. They were both devoted members of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church for many years. Their home, wherever located, 
was a free tavern and hospital for itinerant ministers, and their 
substance ungrudgingiy consecrated to the church and suffering- 
humanity. The sick, poor and needy, in every neighl)orhood 
Avhere they dwelt, shared largely their goods, their time, and 
their ministering attentions. Thiis, with unblemished rectitude 
of moral character, and unstinted charity towards their afflicted 
fellow creatures, they passed into the celestial mansions — leaving' 
little earthly treasure to their heirs, but " a good name," which 
" is rather to be chosen than great riches." 

[447.] Laban Ballou", Peter", Nehemiah', James'*', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, B. I., not far from 1774 or 75 ; m. 
Betseij Nutting. Our information concerning this family is very 
meagre, vague, and unsatisfactory. It amounts to this. — That 
Laban' settled on " The Holland Purchase," so called, N. Y., and 
had 4 chn. — 

1684 — 1. Cornelius, no birtli-date given; said to liave become a lawyer. 

1685 — 2. Dwiglit, " " " became a farmer. 

1686—8. Harriet, " " " m. a Mr. Doane. 

1687—4. Deliza, " " " unreported. 

Laban' is said to have gone on business to Canada, and on his 
way home to have sickened and died. We have instituted in- 
quiries for better information, but it is improbable that we shall 
olitain any. If not, this descent must close here. We find that 
this famous " Holland Purchase" covered territory now including 
some half dozen Counties in the State of New York. Therefore 
to find a family that settled on the " Holland Purchase " is Hke 
" looking for a needle in a hay-stack." 

[448.] Lydia B.allou", Peter', &c. No satisfactory information, 
said to have m. a Mr. Phillips, and to have had one son named 
Thomas, a cripple, who lived and d. somewhere in Massachusetts. 

[449.] Bizi'AH Ballou', Peter', Nehemiah", James"', Maturin' ; 
b. in a place and at a date not found ; m. 1st, Gideon Nutting, and 
set. somewhere in N. Y., perhaps " Holland Purchase." Issue. — 



1088—1. Laban Nutting. 

1(J89— 3. Vau Kensselaer Nutting. 

1690—3. Norton Nutting. 

1691—4. Hazael Nutting. 

Mr. Niittiug- d. about 1812. Mrs. Eizpali m. 2cT, Bailee/ Garfield. 
They moved to Ohio, and afterward back to N. Y., wliere they 
both d. at dates not ascertained. This is all we have been able to 
g'lean on the family record of Rizpah Ballon'. We regretfully 
close this descent — hopeless of any further information. The 
next is much worse, and almost worthless. 

[150.] Saeah Ballou", Peter', Nehemiah", James", Maturin' ; 
b. in a place and at a date not ascertained ; said to have m. a Mr. 
Smith, a merchant, somewhere in Mass. — where they lived and d. 
Nothing- rumored concerning' clin., or any other particulars. None 
are lost out of the di\'iue record and favor ; but it seems pitiable 
that so many individuals and families should remain inscrutable 
to genealogical human scribes. Perhaps more fortunate research- 
ers Avill lind clews to the knowledge of these seemingly lost sheep 
of our flock. 

[451.] Nehemiah Ballou", Setli', Nehemiah", James"', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Apl. 12, 1755 ; d. young, 
Sept. 2, 1761. 

[152.] JosErH Ballou", of the same family, b. Aug. 26, 1756 ; 
d. young, Sept. 15, 1761. 

[153.] John Ballou", of the same family, b. July 21, 1758 ; 
also d. young, Sept. 17, 1761. 

[151.] Asa Baixou', Seth*, Nehemiah", James", Maturin'; b. in 
Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Aug. 31, 1762; m. Boha 117/- 
liavis, dr. of Nathan Williams, understood to be a native of said 
Glocester ; cer. Nov. 3, 1780, by Jonathan Harris, J. P. Issue, b. 
in the above named locality. — 

1692—1. Seth, b July 3, 1781; physician; m. Polly (Talbot) Willi.s July 7, 


1693—3. Betsey, b. Apl. 18, '83; m. Joseph Eecorcl Ballon Dec. 9, 1804. 

1694—3. Sarali, b. Mar. 7, '85; m. John Armstrong Jan. 1, 1805. 

1695—4. Nathan, b. Dee. 7, '88; not well traced; d. in Indiana. 

1696—5. Celinda, b. May 15, '91; m. Joseph Clarke Feb. 23, 1812. 

1697—6, Asa W. , b. May 31 , '95 ; physician ; m. Marietta Sayles Mar. 33, 1830. 



No cliaraeteristics or biogrnpliieal statemeuts concerning- Asa 
Ballon'' and wife have been transmitted to ns. AVe jn-esunie they 
were respectable commoners, and that they had a rich vein of in- 
tellectiial enterjn-ise in their constitiition, since they g-ave commu- 
nity two excellent physicians. Asa' d. in Burrillville Ang-. 4, 1884, 
being- almost 72 yrs. of age. Mrs. Boba (Williams) Ballon d. at a 
date not given. 

[455.] Sarah Ballou', of this family, b. Dec. 12, 1764; d. 
young, Nov. 7, 1770. 

[45fi.] Susanna Ballou", Setli", Nehemiali", James", Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, B. I., July 13, 1767; m. William 
Lap/iann, son of Solomon and Sylvia La])ham, b. in said Gloces- 
ter Nov. 24, 1766 ; cer. Jan. 5, 1786, by Eld. P. Hines. Issue.— 

ir)i)S— 1. Arad Lapliam, h. July 31, 1T8G; m. Nancy Mowry. 

1(599— 2. Matilda Lapham, b. Aug. 13, '88; m. Benjamin Clark July 4, 1813. 

ITOO— 3. Aretus Laphani, b. Oct. 8, '89; m. Eliza Harris Nov. 17, 1811. 

1701— 4. Alfred Lapliam, b. June 11, '91; m. Rachel Newell. 

1703— 5. Duty Lapliam, h. Oct. 38, '93; m. Luciuda Brown. 

1703 — 6. Almoii Lapliam, b. June 8, '94; d. j'oung. 

1704— 7. Marietta Lapliam, b. Dee. 3, '96; m. Eleazer Harris July 7, 1816. 

1705— 8. Anion Lapliam, b. July 1, '98; m. Sarah Thayer May 7, 1840, &c. 
1700 — 9. Miranda Lapliam, b. Sept. 5, 1800; m. Josei^li Soutlnvick. 

1707 — 10. Patience Lapliam, b. Jan. 30, '03; m. Arnold Soutlnvick. 

1708—11. Julia Lapham, b. Oct. 6, '05; d. young. 

1709 — 13. Marvin Lapliam, 1). Jan. 11, '07; m. and d. 

1710 — 13. James Lapliam, h. May (!, '08; d. j'oung. 

1711—14. Louis Lapham, b. May 34, '10; m. Stella Ann Arnold Apl. 31, 1833. 

Here is a family to be admired for numbers, and we presume 
for solid worth. We have been favored, however, with no char- 
acteristics or life-experiences. Susanna" and her husband be- 
longed with the industrious, orderly yeomanry, and must have 
passed through a vast amount of care, anxiety and trial in raising 
up such a progeny. He d. in Burrillville Sept. 15, 1841, a. 74 j^'s. 
9 mos. and 21 ds. Mrs. Susanna d. there Sept. 6, 1851, a. 84 yrs. 
1 mo. and 24 ds. 

[457.] Mary Ballou", Seth', Nehemiah", James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, B. I., June 5, 1775 ; d. u. m. Oct. 7, 

[458.] Joseph Becord Ballou', Jeremiah', Jeremiah", Peter', 
Maturin'; birthplace and birth-date not ascertained; m. Betsey 


Jj((ll()ii, dr. of Asa" (Setli', Neliemiali', James', Maturin',) and 
Roba (Williams), wife of said Asa", b. in Glocester, now Bunill- 
yille, R. I., A])l. 18, 1783 ; cer. Dec. 9, 1804, where or b^^ whom 
not given. Issue. — 

1712—1. Miirens A., 1». Apl. 7, 1805; nothing reported— no clew. 

1713—2. Permelia, b. Oct. 9, '06; d. n. m. Sept. 12, 1869. 

1714—3. Lydia, 1). May 28, '10; d. May 23, 1812. 

1715—4. Louisa G., b. Aug. 30, '13; d. n. m. in Providence, 11. 1., Dec. 12, 


1716—5. Joseph Kecord, Jr., b. Feb. 14, '15; m. Ruth M. Paine Oct. 1, 1840. 

1717 — 6. Sally, b. not found; notliins' reported — untraceable. 

1718—7. Betsey, b. " d. u. m. in Providence, R. I., Aug-. 1883. 

We are left in some doubt where the above named elm. were b. 
Joseph Record is said to have resided mostly in Smithtield, R. I., 
until he removed to Lawrence, N. Y. We have understood that 
this removal was made not far from the year 1817. If so, it 
is presumable that his chn. were h. in Smithfield or its general 
vicinity. It seems that he had not lived long" in N. Y. before he 
suddenly and most mysteriously disappeared, and was never 
heard from more. It was reported that he and his l)rotlier Jere- 
miah started on an adventure to the West, or to Canada, and were 
both murdered for their money. Rumors and suspicious as to 
their fate were various ; absolute facts uncertain. We cannot 
trace him after the year 1819. Not long subsequent to his disap- 
pearance his wife and dm. removed back to Rhode Island. Mrs. 
Betsey d. at a date not reported to us. 

[459.] Elisha Ballou", Jeremiah", Jeremiah", Peter, Matu- 
rin' ; birthplace and birth-date not ascertained, lived u. m., and 
d. somewhere in R. I. No more told. 

[460.] Jeeemiah Ballou', Jeremiah', Jeremiah', Peter, Matu- 
rin' ; birthplace and birth-date not ascertained ; lived u. m., a ma- 
chinist by occupation ; disappeared mysteriously from Lawrence, 
N. Y., with his bro. Joseph R., in 1819, and was never heard from 
more, except by vague rumor. 

[461.] Betsey Ballou", Jeremiah', Jeremiah", Peter, Matu- 
rin'; b. in Killingly, Ct., about 1778; m. Charles Keech of now 
Burrillville, R. I., or vicinity, no date or particulars given ; set. in 
Chenango Co., N. Y., and d. in the town of Columbus, N. Y., 1850, 
a. about 72 yrs. They are said to have been worthy and respect- 
able people. But whether they had any chn. report is silent, and 
we must be. 


[402.] Sally Ballou', Jereniiiili', Jeremiah", Peter, Maturin' ; 
birthplace, birth-date, and her entire history unascertained, ex- 
cept that she m. Jdcoh l^/iil/ip^ of Foster, R. I. There seems to 
be an ahnost impenetrable obscurity hovering- over most of the 
descendants of Peter Ballon". We regret it, but must bear it. 

[Nos. 403 TO 408 Inclusive], the chn. of Isabella Ballon', who 
m. Andrew Harrington, are passed over as untraceal)le, together 
with all other g-reat g'rand chn. of Peter. We have such imper- 
fect fragments of these families that it would be only an agg'rava- 
tion to present them. We have found it almost a ho])eless task to 
rescue from oblivion the names of this liueag-e in anything' like a 
decent fullness. 

Here we end Generations Five and Six. 

Sixth and Seventh Generations. 

[409.] Phillips Ballou", Benjamin', John*, John', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithlield, R. I., at a date not found ; d. young-. 

[470.] Pardon Ballou", of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth, also d. young, 

[471.] Benjamin Ballou', of the same parentag-e, and dateless 
birth, d. u. m. in his 31st yr. 

[472.] Mary B.vllou", of the same parentag-e, and dateless 
birth; m. William Newman, both of Smithfield, E. I.; cer. Feb. 
12, 1804. Issue.— 

1719—1. Lyman Newman, b. Apl. 14, 1S04; d. u. m. 
1720—3. Benj. B. Newman, li. Oct.. 13, '10; d. u. m. 
1731—3. William Newman, b. Feb. 3, '13; lived in Smithfield, n. m. 

Nothing more given. A lean showing. No further traced. 

[473.] Abner Ballou", of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth ; d. young'. 

[474.] Content Ballou", of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth ; d. u. m. in her 21st year. 

[475.] Mercy Ballou", Benjamin'', John', John', John", Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., at a date not found ; m. Kleazev Moiv- 
vy, (Eleazer, Joseph, Joseph, Nathaniel), b. in said Smithlield, 
Sept., 1791 ; cer. Nov. 11, 1813. Issue.— 


1723—1. Aimer Ballon Mowry, h. Sept. 22, 1814; livin?: 1884 u. m. 
1723—2. William Bainbridge Mowiy, b. Mar. 0, 'IG; m. Aun Eliza Jencks; 

1724—3. Content Ballon Mowry, b. Jnne 23, '17; liviug 1884 n. m. 
1725—4. John Orile Mowry, h. Feb. 24, '20; m. Harris; elm. 

Reputable family. 

[Nos. 470, 477, 478 and 479], elm. of John Whitman aud Anna 
Ballon', (John', John', John", Matnrin'), lost among" the unknown 

[480.] Mercy Ballou'"', Bichard', John', John", John", Matn- 
rin' ; b. in the northeasterly part of Cumberland, B. I., Apl. 1!), 
1778 ; m. Nathan Aldrich. We have made persistent efforts to 
trace the family record and descendants of Mercy Ballon. She is 
said to have had a dr. who m. Paul Darling, and a son William, 
who once lived in Milford, Mass. There is no reason to doubt 
these alleged facts. We susjiect the whole family must be extinct. 
But i^ersons, mge-dates, birth-dates and death-dates have eluded 
our research. Closed. 

[481.] Arnold Ballou", Richard', John', John", John", Matn- 
rin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 10, 1780 ; m. AhigaU Traiik' of 
Wrentham, Mass., dr. of Edward Trask ; cer. Feb. 20, 1800, other 
particulars not given. No issue. No characteristics g-iven. He 
was a farmer, and resided in the northeasterly part of said Cum- 
berland, near where he was b. He d. there June 5, 1838. Mrs. 
Abigail, his wid. d. Apl. 15, 1857. 

[482.] Lydia Ballou", Richard", etc., b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Mar. 14, 1782 ; d. young, Nov. 9, 1789. 

[488.] Augustus Ballou", Richard', John', John'', Jolm", Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 4, 1784 ; m. 1st, Lacy Toiver, of 
said Cumberland, dr. of Wanton Tower, birth-date not found ; 
cer. Aug. 8, 1814, by George Tilling-hast, J. P. Issue. — 

172(5 — 1. Lydia, b. not fonud; ni. Larned Shepherdson. 
1727 — 2. Adella, 1). " m. nnreported. 

It is said that Augustus" and Lucy (Tower) separated for some 
cause, in some manner, and that both m. again. We have record 
that Augustus" m. 2d, ImheUa Howard, of Foster, R. I., dr. of 
James Howard ; cer. in said Foster, Aug-. 29, 1825, by Eld. John 
Williams. Issue. — 


1738 — 3. Lucy Ann, b. not found; ui. Jumes B. Foster July 31, 1842. 
1739—4. Augustus, Jr., b. not found; went to sea 1843; never lieard from. 

There is so much of the erratic in the career of Aui^iistiis Bal- 
lon' ., his tirst wife, and his descendants, that onr researchers have 
abandoned their inquiries in despair. We suppose he must have 
gone the way of all the earth, but where or vjJien we knoAV not. 
The remains of his posterity are few. No further traced. 

[484.] Thomas Ballou", Richard', John', John", John", Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 21, 1786; m. Lydla Gould, dr. 
of Hosea Gould. Issue. — 

1730—1. Jolm; but when or where bcjrn, living or dead, is inscrutable. 

And equally inscrutable has proved all that relates to Thomas 
Ballon", his wife, life and death. AVe need not repeat that such 
unsearchable g-enealogy crosses our grain always. Must say 
again — no further traced. 

[485.] Richard Ballou, Jit"., of this family, b. Mar. 21, 1738 ; 
d. u. m.; date not given. Nothing reported to us of his life or 

[48G.] Lucy Ballou", Richard ', John', John', John", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 19, 1790 ; m. Orren Grant, son of 
Aaron Grant, b. in said Cumberland Mar. 3, 1795 ; cer. there Oct. 
14, 1814, by George Tillinghast, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Cum- 
berland. — 

1731—1. Lucy Grant, b. Apl. 1815; d. 1816. 

1733—2. Laura Grant, b. Jan. 19, '10; m. a Mr. Center. 

1733—3. Barton Grant, b. Aug. 4, '18; m. Sarah Ballou. 

1734—4. Philip Grant, b. May 9, '30; m. a Miss Whipple. 

Mrs. Lucy (Ballou) Grant d. in C-undjerlaud, R. I., at a date not 
given, but not very long after the birth of her youngest son Philip 
— certainly, we jiresume, before 1830. Orren Grant we remember 
as a sturdy, executive, laborious farm worker. He subsequently 
m. again, and settled finally in Royalston, Mass., where he was 
still living at our last advices, in good circumstances, a respected 
land holding citizen. His daughter, Mrs. Laura Carter, was re- 
siding in Chicago, 111., in 1882 ; his son Philip x>erhaps res. Cum- 
berland, R. I. ; and his son Barton in Fitzwilliam, N. H. The 
latter m. a Ballou, and to him only, of this Grant family shal^we 
again recur. The others no further traced. 


[487.] WiLLAiiD Ballou", Richard', Jolm', Jolm', Joliii', Matu- 
riii' ; b. in Cnmberlaud, E. I., July 28, 1795 ; m. Sally Clark of said 
Ciimberlaud, dr. of Oiiesimus Clark ; cer. in Wrentliani, Mass., 
June 27, 1822, by C. Holbrook, J. P. Issue.— 

1735 — 1. Lydia, b. uo date given; uor subsequent history reported to us. 

The last we heard of Willard Ballon' (July 1, 1885), he was in 
the Poor Asylum of Cumberland, E. I., 90 yrs. old, feeble minded, 
no wife, child, brother, or sister on this side the dark river, and he 
on its brink. Closed. 

[488.] Polly Arxold Ballou", Richard', John', John', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 6, 1799 ; m. Shiwn W. 
Sheldon, (David, Roger,) b. in said Cumberland, Oct. 20, 1800 ; 
cer. Aug-. 22, 1822, by David Aldrich, J. P. Issue.— 

1736—1. Albert Norris Sheldon, b. May 1), 1823; m. Frances E. Ladd. 

1737—2. Ann Jane Sheldon, b. Nov. 30, '24; m. Elias W. Kay. 

1738—3. Olive Angenette Sheldon, b. Feb. 23, '28; d. July 13, 1844. 

1739—4. William TVliipple Sheldon, b. Dec. 18, '33; m. Ann Aldrich. 

1740 — 5. Ballon Arnold Sheldon, b. June 25, '35; unreported. 

Mrs. Polly alias Maiy Arnold (Ballon) Hheldon" and husband 
resided first in their native town awhile, afterward in the State of 
Ohio, and later in Providence, R. I. Beyond this we have heard 
only that she d. and that he m. 2d, Sarah Ami Davis. No dates 
nor further jjarticulars obtained concerning- Mr. Sheldon or his 
wives. But we find in the Wilkinson Family Memoirs some facts 
about his clin. which we borrow and record here ; as we are not 
likely to recur to the family again, for want of other information. 
The following presents in substance the matters mentioned in 
those Memoirs, viz. : 1. Albert Norris Sheldon^ res. in Hamilton, 
N. Y,, and by his wife, Frances E. Ladd, had Jeanette, Albert N., 
who d., and Albert Smith, — himself a brilliant lawyer, and his 
family in high social standing. 2. That Ann Jane Sheldon s hus- 
band, Elias W. Ray, invented a machine to knit India rubber 
shoe-linings, and d., leaving one son, Charles Frederic Ray. 3. 
That WiUiani WliipjAe Sheldon'' was a subaltern artillery officer 
in the Union army during the Great Rebellion. 4. That Ballon 
Arnold Sheldon'' was a veterinary surgeon in the Union army dur- 
ing the war. This descent closed. 

[Nos. 489 AND 4V)0J, chn. of Abigail Ballon', John', John', John', 
Maturin' ; who m. Sylvanus Sayles, already announced as no fur- 
ther traced. 


[•41)1.] Chloe Stkeeter", Nancy Ballon", John', John', John", 
Maturin' ; dr. of Rnfns Streeter, husband of Nancy Ballon", birth- 
date not found ; ni. Ilosea Sprdgiie, and " moved into the country." 
No more told. Who Hosea Sprague was — when, where or by 
whom m. — and where " the country " was into which he and his 
family moved, are problems we should like to see solved, but must 
leave the task to smarter experts. 

[492.] RuFUS Streetek', of this family, lived to manhood, but 
d. of Measles unmarried — date not given. 

[493.] Rhoda Streetek'', of the same family, moved with her 
sister Sprague and husljand into that undefined locality called 
"the country," and is no further reported. 

[494.] Lydia Stkeeter", Nancy Ballon", John', John', John", 
Maturin'; dr. of Rufus >Streeter, husband of Nancy Ballon", b. 
in Smithlield, R. I., Jan. .27, 1783, came to more distinguished 
account. She m. David J". ILirn^, (Joseph, David, Richard, 
Thomas, Thomas), b, in said Smithtield, Aug. 17, 178U ; cer. Dec. 
31, 1800, by Thomas Mann, J. P. Issue.— 

1741—1. Edward HarriH, b. Oct. 3, ISOl; m. 1st Racliel Faruum, 2d Ab- 

bie P. Metcalf. 

1742—2. Sophia Harris, b. Oct. 10, '03; d. iu infancy. 

1743—3. Hfury Harris, b. June 6, '05; m. Mary Wliittier Dec. 2, 1851. 

1744—4. Samuel Harris, b. Nov. 2, '07; m. 1st Mary Smith, 2d S. Faruum. 

1745—5. Rufus Harris, b. Dec. 25, '09; m. Louisa B. Simouds Feb. 1842. 

1746—6. Paul B. Harris, b. Aug. t), '12; m. Elizabeth Gaylord Sept. 1837. 

1747—7. Beulah Ann Harris, b. Jan. 6, '15; m. Elijah B. Case May 2, 1834. 

1748—8. Heplizibah Harris, b. Jan. 27, '17; d. Nov. 30, 1836. 

1749—9. Khoda Harris, b. Dec. 13, '19; d. May, 1840. 

Lydia (Streeter) Harris" and her husband, as we learn from 
Richartlrson's History of Woonsocket, R. I., began their married 
life at Lime Rock, R. I., where two or three of their eldest clin. 
were b. Next they removed to Dutchess Co., N. Y., and later, 
1818, to Ashtabula Co., O. We find no other date of these mi- 
grations, nor the names of precise localities given. Nor are we 
able, from the family record furnished by a grandson in Ashta- 
bula, O., to tell definitely where the births and deaths mentioned 
took place. Nor are we furnished with such biographical partic-' 
ulars and characteristics as we should like to present. We infer, 
however, from the style of their old Bible dates that the parents 
belonged to the Society of Friends ; which is presumptive testi- 



mony tliat tliey were worthy people. It seems that Mrs. Lydia" 
d. Feb. 11, 1837, prob. in O. ; that David F. m. 2d Hannah War- 
rington, a native of Burhng-ton, N. J., without issue ; that he d. 
in the autumn of 1848 ; and that Mrs. Hannah, his widow, d. in 
Salem, O., at an unspecified recent period. 

[495.] Phebe Ballou", Simeon", Abraham', John"', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 29, 1702; m. Jo/ni hiiiuin, Jr., 
(John, John, John, Edward,) 1). in Glocester, now Burrillville, 
R. L, July 30, 1758 ; cer. July 25, 1784, by Uriah Alverson, J. P. 
Issue, b. in now Burrillville. — 

1750—1. Naomi Inman, b. May 9, 1785; d. Nov. 1, 1799. 

1751—2. Oluey Inman, b. Apl. 32. '88; m. Pruslia Thayer 1812. ' ■ 

1752—3. Rachel Inman, b. July 1, '91; m. Stephen Esten. She cL Feb. 11, 

1753-4. Polly Inman, b. Yah. 21, '93; m. Stephen Esten, 2a William 

Darling. ' 
1754—5. John Inman, Jr., \ . b. Mar. 23, '9(3; d. u. m. Dec. 21, 1821. 
1755—6. Phebe Inman j *^^'"^*^' b. Mar. 23, '9(5; ni. Clias. Joslin— no chn. 

Nothing" reported to us of the occupation, character or social 
standing of Phebe (Ballou) Inman and husband. We presume 
them to have been of the farmer class, and of decent standing 
among their contemporaries. His death-date not given. Hers 
was July 2, 1836, a. 73 yrs. 9 mos. and 3 ds. 

[496.] AbKxVHAM B.yllou**, Simeon", Abraham', John', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., x>i'ob. about 1764 ; m. 1st Diana 
Mowry, dr. of Gideon Mowry ; cer. Mar. 6, 1785, by Wm. Alver- 
son, J. P. We do not find the name of this Diana Mowry, as we 
hoped, in the Mowry Genealogy, and cannot give either her pedi- 
gree or birth-date. Issue, understood to have been b. in the lo- 
cality of Slaterville, then Smithfield, now North Smithfield, P. I. — 

1756 — 1. Hannah, b. prob. about 1786; m. Horace Taylor. 

1757— 2. Simeon, b. " " '87; m. Rowena Eddy 1805 or 6. 

1758— 3. Joanna, b. Oct. 9, '88; m. James Tifft 1804. 

1759— 4. Lucy, b. Aug. 12, '90; m. Theodore Taylor 1806. 

1760 — 5. Phila, b. prob. about '92; m. Ichabod Ballou. 

1761— 6. Diana, b. Oct. 5, '94; m. Reuben Weaver 1817. 

1762 — 7. Otis, b. about '96; m. 1st Lydia Chamberlain, 2d L. Means. 

1763— 8. Alanson, b. Mar. 28, 1802; m. Priscilla Sherman 1827. 

• 17(54— 9. Lavina, 1). Mar. 28, '04; m. Thomas Fish Feb. 11, 1827. 
1765 — 10. Collin, b. Mar. 6, '06; m. Louisa Sampson Feb. 5, 1835. 
1766 — 11. Mary, b. not found; m. Obadiah Eddy. 

Mrs. Diana (Mowry) Ballou d. in Essex, N. Y., about 1827, and 


Abriilium' 111. 2d Mrs. Mary Blake, widow of Joliii Blake, whose 
maiden name was Mason, b. in AYaljiole, N. H., KSept. 11, 1786 ; 
cer. at a date not ascertained, hnt prol). about 1829. Issne, b. in 
said Essex. — 

17004—13. Eleanor Mary, b. An^. 4, 1880; d. Feb. 21, 1844. 
17(5(H— 18. Fidelia Amanda, b. Jnly 8, '83; in. Charles Henrj- Gra}-. 
17C(5-,'— 14. Abraham, Jr., 1). INIar. 3, '84; d. Mar. 2, 1844. 

This 2d marriao-e and the consequent issue did not come to our 
knowledo'e till hnio- after we had entered the record of the 1st ; 
which accounts for the fractional numerals. Abraham Ballon is 
said to have been a Captain in the B evolutionary war, and to have 
heard the first g'un fired for liberty. He w^as an expert, industri- 
ous shoemaker from early manhood to old age. If we are cor- 
rectly informed, he inherited a part of his father's homestead at 
now Slaterville, B. I. But Avhether he ever dwelt on it we know- 
not. He Avas administrator on his father's estate, and as such, 
sold the home farm, so called, Mar. 4, 1791, to Gideon Mowry, his 
fatlan'-in-law. We infer, however, that he owned a farm in the 
same neio'hborhood, which at a later period he sold out, and re- 
moved to Westmoreland, N. H. He did not remain there long-, 
but removed to Lewis, Essex Co., N. Y., where he lived out his 
remaining' years. From some little indicative data incidentally 
discovered, we conjecture he must have g-one to N. H. perhaps in 
1810 to '12, and thence to N. Y. about 1820. We have received 
no testimonials respecting the characteristics and social standing- 
of Aliraham" and wives, but take for granted they were fair on the 
yeoman plane. As to the date of his death there is some discrep- 
ancy in our received reports, but that of his youngest dr., Mrs. 
Fidelia A. (Ballon) Gray makes it Feb. 1844, when his age must 
have been at least 80 yrs. His 2d wife and widow d. in Alstead, 
N. H., about 1867. 

[497.] William Ballou", Simeon', Abraham', John', John'"', 
Maturin'; b. in Smithtield, now No. Smithfield, R. I., Dec. 22, 
1766; m. Abigail Jnlia WdJjev, b. in said Smithlield, Aiig. 6, 1766; 
cer. jirob. about 1785, exact date and particulars of mge. not 
given. Issue. — 

1767—1. Smith, b. Jan. 39, 1780; m. 1st ; 3d Oricy Bishop. 

1708-3. Ehoda, b. Dec. 31, '!)(); nntraceable. 

1709—8. William, b. An^'. 8, '93; m. Mary Enos not far from 1814. 

1770-4. Daniel W., b. Feb. 17, '95; m. Sally Sherman July 1, 1818. 

1771—5. Abigail J., b. Aug. 13, '98; nntraceable. 


1772—0. Simeon, b. Oct. 14, '99; nutracealile. 

1773—7. Ransom, V). Jnly 31, 1803; m. Ist Miranda Blois, 2(1 Mary A. Green. 

1774—8. Pliilena 1st, I). Sept. 8, '0(5; d. in early infancy. 

1775—9. Philena 2d, li. Jan. 2, '09; m. Artemas Whipple. 

William Ballon remaiued in Smith tieltl two or three years after 
mg-e., and then settled in Charlestown, N. H. There his principal 
occnpation was the rafting- of Inniber down the Connecticnt river 
to central market places. After abont twenty years in the prose- 
cution of this business, he was suddenly taken sick on the river, 
and d. at ov near Hartford, Ct. He was an industrious, executive, 
hard working-, trustworthy man. Prob. his oldest child was b. in 
Smithlield, and the other four in Charlestown, N. H. The eldest 
dr. is understood to have d. u. m. The sons m. and settled away 
from Charlestown. The second dr., Abig-ail, m. and went to the 
West. She took her mother with her. We are trying- to ascer- 
tain dates and particulars, but success is problematical. After 
writing- the foreg-oing we grope'd for more satisfactory information, 
and found some. As nearly as we can learn, Mrs. Abig-ail, his 
widow, finally d. with her son AVilliam, Jr., in Essex, Vt., Oct. 19, 
1847, a. 81 yrs. 2 mos. and 13 ds. 

[198.] Lavina Ballou'', Simeon', Abraham', John', John"', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithtield, now North Smithlield, E. I., not far from 
1770; m. Wlilidm Bmven of Glocester, E. I., where, without issue, 
both lived and d. Nothing- else concerning- them reported. All 
well enough for those in the higher life, but not creditable to 
our work. 

[199.] Eachel Ballou", Simeon', Abraham', John', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithtield, now No. Smithtield, E. I., about 1773 ; m. 
Chnrleti Westcotf, said to have been a native of Warwick, E. I., 
date of the mge. not ascertained ; set. in Charlestown, N. H. Is- 
sue, supposed to have been b. in said Charlestown. — 

1776 — 1. Pliebe Westcott, h. not given; nor any snbseqnent trace. 
1777 — 2. Rosalinda Westcott, b. not given; nor any subsequent trace. 
1778—3. Artemesia Wt^stcott, b. Aug. 10, 1807; m. 1st Henry F. Locke, 2d 
E. Bailey. 

We conjecture that Eachel Ballou and Charles Westcott must 
have been m. between 1798 and 1802, and prob. they soon after 
removed to N. H. It is unpleasant to be groping- after reliable 
data as we are obliged to be in this and many other cases ; but 
such is often our lot. We judge these parents to have deserved 


;i good iiioinorijil — tlioiigli none has been furnished us. We so 
judge sini]ily from the fact that they kindly cared for Eachel's 
mother in her aged widowhood, as told in the record of Simeon 
Ballon '. RacheF d. July 27, 1845, a. about 72 yrs. Charles West- 
cott d. Feb. 26, 1856, a. 83 yrs. This shows him to have been b. 
the same year with his Avife, 1773. Their dust reposes near that 
of Rachel's mother, in North Charlestown graveyard. 

[500.] Leah Ballou", Simeon', Abraham', John', John', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Sniithfield, now No. Smithlield, R. I., not far from 1775; 
m. Jhiniel Alilrich there. No date or particulars of the mge., or 
what became of the nuptial pair, reported, except that they had 
elm., and that, forty years ago, one dr. Avas living in Butternuts, 
N. Y. Cannot trace the family. 

[501.] Welcome Ballou", Simeon', Abraham', John', John", 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, now No. Smithfield, R. I., Nov. 19, 
1780; m. Aureiia T((ft, dr. of Japhet Taft (Daniel, Robert), b. in 
Mendon, Mass., near Nipmuck Pond, July 28, 1780 ; cer. Jan. 10, 
1802. Issue.— 

1779—1. Sarali Cliapin, b. Oct. 22, 1803; m. Jolin K. Moorc. 

1780—2. Aiu-elia Matilda, li. Nov. 1, 'Ofi; m. Bailey Kees 1829. 

1781—3. Welcome, M. D., b. Nov. 11, '09; m. 1st Margaret Foster, 2d Jane 


1782—4. Celia Aim, b. June 27, '12; m. John Foster Aug. 12, 1883. 

1783—5. Lorinda, b. Jan. 7, '15; m. Samnel Warte|be Sept. 22, 1838. 

1784—6. Anrelins, b. Jan. 18, '18; ni. Sarah Bacon Oct. 1839. 

1785—7. Leander Taft, M. D., b. Dec. 7, '21; m. Harriet Charliot 1845. 

Welcome Ballou' and Aurelia his wife had superior blood in 
their constitutions. They were physically, intellectually and mor- 
ally above the common average. And they transmitted to their 
children, hereditarily and educationally, their excellent qualities, — 
who distinguished themselves accordingly, as will be seen in later 
pages. The parents were naturally enterprising, executive and 
persistent in their life-career. They settled, not long after mge., 
in Charlton, Mass. He was an ingenious, expert shoemaker, but 
could turn his hand to farming with equal readiness. Their eld- 
est three chn. were b. in Charlton, Mass. But what, in former 
times, was called " the Ohio fever," seized them in 1811, and i\\ey 
started with a two-horse team for the then far West. They car- 
ried along, besides their three chn., all the goods and fixings their 
horses could well draw. For 44 wearisome days and nights they 
pursued their journey till, on the 1st of August, they reached 


Zanesville, (). Soon tliey pitched tlieir tent on Salt Creek, ten 
miles from Zanesville, and made themselves a home till 1885. 
This was in Mnskingum Co. There their yonng-est fonr chn. were 
b., and the family was reared. Tliere Welcome" drove the boot 
and shoe-making" business with thrifty profit. At length he had 
a tem])ting opportunity to exchange his estate for go(Klly lands 
twenty miles east, in now Noble Co., and did so. Ho there de- 
voted himself for ten years to successful farming. He then sold 
out, and took up his residence in Newark, Licking Co., where he 
lived at comparative ease, working occasionally — for pleasure, on 
his shoe bench, and enjoying the fruits of toil no longer indispen- 
sable. Mrs. Aiu-elia d. there Mar. 31, 1857. He himself had a 
green old age — looking, at 82, younger than most men at 65. It 
is said that he m. a second wife, l)ut we cannot give name or par- 
ticulars. He d. Apl. 26 or 27, 1866, in his 86th yr. 

[502.] George Ballou", Simeon', Abraham', John", John^ Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithfield, now North Smithlield, in the vicinity of 
now Slaterville, R. I., about 1782; m. 1st Cavollne Ma<Jerscm of 
Glocester, E. I. ; cer. probably early in 1800. The name of this 
1st wife, Caroline Madermn, comes down to us through a grand 
dr., and we strongly suspect should lie Caroline 3Litt>son, but are 
not certain about it. Issue, b. prob. in now Burrillville, R. I. — 

17,Sfi— 1. William, 1). Nov. 12, 1800; m. 1st L. Phelrs, 2(1 A. Slafter. 

Mrs. Caroline, thfe mother, d. in 1801. George'' m. 2d Nancy — no date or particulars ascertained. Issue, b. perhaps in 
Providence, R. I., or vicinity. — 

1787—2. Hiram, h. Jan. 21, 1804; m. Betsey Plielps, itc. 
1788 — 3. Amos, b. date not ascertained; not traced. 

Mrs. Nancy, the 2d wife, d. at a date ungiven. George' m. 8d a 
1 ady whose name we never learned, nor any connected particulars 
of the marriage. Issue, b. prob, in the vicinity of Claremont, 
N. H.— 

1789—4. Norman, li. no date; to ns untraceable. 

1790 — A. Nancy, b. no date; to us untraceable. 

1701—0. Caroline, b. no date; m. Enfus Allen, Tieonderoga, N. Y. 

1792 — 7. Juspa, b. no date; to us untraceable. 

1793 — 8. Charles, 1). no date; said to res. Grand Eapids, Mich. 

1794 — 9. George, b. no date; no trace found. 

It has been with great difficulty that we have imperfectly traced 
the history of George Ballon" and his descendants. He left R. I. 


after the birth of his first three chn. and the deaths of their 
mothers, and settled in or near Claremont, N. H. There he is 
said to have remained till quite an elderly man, when he removed 
to Crown Point, N. Y. He is supposed to have d. in the vicinity 
of the latter locality, and prob. his last wife ; but we have found 
no one to furnish us delinite information on the several obscure 
points above indicated. How many of his descendants we shall 
find remains to be seen. 

[503 AND 504,] two drs. of Simeon Ballon', b. at unknown dates, 
who d. young-. Passed over. 

[505.] Maky Ballou', Simeon", Abraham', John", John', Ma- 
turhi' ; b. in Smithheld, now No. Smithtield, Pv. I., prob. sometime 
during' the year 178G, not long- after her father's death ; m. 1st 
Royal Callarit in Mendon, Mass., Jan. 20, 1805, by Benjamin 
Keed, J. P. Issue. — 

1795 — 1. Lynuiii Callum ; birtli-clatc nut found. 

1796—2. William Galium; 

1797—8. Mary Ann Galium; " " 

1798- 4. Hannali Galium; " 

Eoyal Calluni d. at a date not ascertained ; and Mary' m. 2d 
Keuben Combs, b. in Uxbridg-e, Mass. Issue, b. in Holden, 

Mass. — 

1799 — 5. Ezra Gombs; birtli-date not found. 
1800—6. Simeon E. Combs; birth-date not found. 
1801 — 7. Eoyal Gombs; birth-date not found. 
They had also a dr. that d. yoimg. 

Of the Callum chn. we could find no cleAv whereby to trace 
them, and dismissed the blind research. Of the Combses, we 
struck trail, but with meagre resiilts. Ezra resides in Buffalo, 
N. Y. We addressed him there ; but, if he received our com- 
munication, he took no notice of it. Eoyal and Simeon E. reside 
in Worcester, Mass. The former gave no heed to our appeal. 
Simeon E. enjoys the distinction of being Chief Engineer of the 
City's Fire Department. He gave me the names of his mother's 
chn. by both husbands, except of his deceased sister; also the 
P. O. addresses of his two brothers, Ezra and Eoyal, but no dates 
at all ; leaving- us ignorant even of his aged mother's death-date — 
pleading that he had no records. He did not tell us whether he 
had any chn. or wife. We suppose neither he nor his brothers 
have any exuberant ambition to occupy a place in our Geuealog-y. 


We therefore declined to prosecute our inquiries further for the 
descendants of Mary Ballon", dr. of Simeon'. This descent is 

[506.] Thankful Ballou", David", Abraham', John ', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Glocester, R. I., 1708 ; m. John Bent/ei/, of whose 
birthplace, parentage and hymeneal particulars nothing- has been 
g-iven us. His death-date below implies that he Avas b. not far 
from 1750 ; which makes him to have been ten or twelve years 
older than his wife. They dwelt most of their married lives in 
Milton, N. Y., where we suppose their chn. were b., viz. — 

1802—1. Otis Bentley, b. uot given; resided 1863 Ballston Spa, N. Y. 
1803 — 3. Steplieu Beutley, b. uot given; resided 1801 Sandy Creek, N. Y. 
1804—8. David Bentley, b. not given; resided 1803 Pulaski, N. Y. 

Mr. Peck received several letters from Otis and Stephen Bent- 
ley, containing considerable information concerning- the family 
relatives on their mother's side. We examined those letters, hop- 
ing- to find the desired data respecting- the family records of their 
parents and themselves. They evince intelligence and good in- 
tentions, but say little of the Bentleys. Either they did not feel 
invited to specialize these cases, or were indisposed to do so. We 
are told that John Bentley m. Thankful Ballon ; that they had 
three sous, Otis, Stephen and David ; that they lived in Milton, 
N. Y. ; and that both d. there in 1830— Mr. Bentley July 20, in 
his 75tli yr., and Mrs. Thankful the ensuing Ox;t., in her 62d yr. 
But who John Bentley was — when and where the mge. was sol- 
enmized — what sort of people the parents were — whether they 
ever had any other chn. — who Otis, Stephen and David married — 
Avhat otfspring resulted, &c., not a hint is given. This sort of 
genealogy is common enough, and good enough for some folks, 
but not exactly to our liking. It may be our fault not to push 
research to the bottom, and find out all we desire to know, but 
we are inclined to say — no farther traced. 

[507.] Paiidon Ballou", David', Abraham', &c., b. 1709, d. in 
Providence, R. I., at the a. of 17 yrs. 

[508.] Asa Ballou'', David", Abraham', John", John", Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, R. I., July 6, 1771 ; m. Nancy Jones of said Glo- 
cester, during the yr. 1790 — no further particulars of cer. Issue, 
b. in said Glocester. — 

1805—1. Asia, b. , 1798; m. Smith D. Thornton Sept. 'i'i, 1810. 

1800—3, Varnum S,, b. , 1803; m, Freelove Thorntou Feb. 1825. 


They luid no otlier chii. It seems that Varnum S. Ballon, their 
only son, m. and settled in Norwich, Chenang-o Co., N. Y., and 
that his parents, in order to be near him, removed thither from 
Glocester, E. I., in 1825. Mrs. Nancy d. there Oct. 6, 1842. Eleven 
yrs. later, in Sept. 1853, Varnum S. d. Asa" was now over four 
score, bereaved and desolate. He therefore took refuge with his 
now only surviving- child, Mrs. Asia (Ballon) Thornton, then re- 
siding in Eoscoe, Winnebago Co., 111. There he was tenderly 
cared for, and finally d. Mar. G, 1861, a. 89 yrs. and 8 nios. We 
infer that Asa" and wife were well disposed, plain mannered, 
worthy people. 

1 5U9.] Sakah Ballou", David", Abraham', &c., b. 1773, d. u. m. 
in Glocester, E. I., at the a. of 22 yrs. 

[510.] Nancy Ballou", David', Abraham', &c., b. in 1775, d. u. 
m. in Glocester, E. I., at the a. of 22 yrs. 

[511.] AcHSA Ballou", David", Abraham', John'', John", Matn- 
rin' ; b. in Glocester, E. I., 177(5 ; m. ILizai'lali PhlUlpa of said 
Glocester ; no date or particulars given. Issue. — 

1807—1. Sila Phillips, brouglit up by Mrs. William Owen. 

1808 — 2. Maria Phillips, brouglit up with her grandmother Ballou, and 

left in care of friends in Foster, R. I., when her grandmother 

moved to Saratoga, N. Y. 

Mrs. Aclisa (Ballou) Phillips d. at the a. of about 80 yrs., leav- 
ing- these orphan drs. to the oversight of their relations. No more 
told. No further traced. 

[512.] Polly Ballcju", David", Abraham', John', John"', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Glocester, E. I., June, 1778 ; m. Joseph Aferrlck, settled 
in Henderson, Jeti'erson Co., N. Y. ; no particulars concerning 
Groom or cer. Issue. — 

1809 — 1. SamiTel Merrick, 1). nothing reported — untraced. 
1810—2. John Merrick, b. 

1811 — 3. Clarissa Merrick, b. ; m. Elijah Ehly, last of Lagone, Du Page 
Co., Ill 

Too little encouragement to attempt further tracement. 

[513.] EsTHEii Ballou", David', k<^., b. 1780 ; d. u. m. in Sandy 
Creek, N. Y. 1812. 

[514.] Arthur Ballou", David', Abraham', John", John", Ma- 



tnriii'; b. in Glocester, R. I., 1782 ; m. 1st, Hannah Comsto</i iu 
1808, aiul settled in Greenfield, N. Y. Issue. — 

1813 — 1. Mary, b. untokl; m. Joshua Moslier; had 8 chii. 
1818 — 2. Orion, li. " d. in Kontueky at the a. of 21 yrs. 

1814—8. Stephen C, b. about ISK!; ni. Abby Corey; res. 1S(;2 in Cleveland, 

Mrs. Hanuali (Comstock) Ballon, d. in Greenfield, N. Y., at a 
date not given. Arthur' ni. 2d, in Greenfield, or elsewhere, in 
1842, Sallij Potd ; specification of particulars ignored. No issue 
reported. They were last heard from as residing at Evans Cen- 
tre, Erie Co., N. Y. Occu])ation, farming. No characteristics 
g-ranted. This record is too indefinite and barren. 

[515.] Phila Ballou", of this family, d. in Glocester, R. I., at 
the a. of 14 yrs. 

[51t).] David Ballou", David", Abraham', John", John", Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Glocester, Feb. 14, 171)0 ; m. x\.h'nj<iil Jack^ini ; cer. 
Sandy Creek, N. Y., Apl. 4, 1810. Issue.— 

1815—1. Horace, b. July 11, 1S21; m. Harriet L. Warfield Apl. 1800. 
1816—2. Esther, b. Dec. 18, '27; d. in Sandy Creek, Dec. 20, 1848. 
1817—8. Achsa Ann, b. Feb. 15, '81; ni. William Sidney Coon. 

This David Ballon" is said 'to have removed, in 1857, to Pleas- 
ant Vale, Pike Co., 111., where, at last reports, his entire surviving 
family resided with or near him. Our U. S. Postal Guide gives 
no Post Office so designated, and whoever may be still living of 
the family, we despair of finding. And unless new light shines in 
upon us, we shall not attempt further research. 

[517.] Hannah Ballou", David", Abraham', John", John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Glocester, N. Y., Nov. 14, 178G ; m. Jolin I*ierce in the 
vicinity of Sandy Creek, N. Y. He d. leaving at least one son 
and dr. The son's name was S. D. Pierce. The sister's name not 
given, but she m. Ezra Corse of Sandy Creek, N. Y^. Wid. Han- 
nah (Ballon) Pierce and clin. were last reported as residing in 
Lagone, Du Page Co., 111. It seems useless to number or trace 
them. We leave them in their dateless, half nameless generation. 

[518. 1 Cynthia Ballou", David", Abraham', John', eTolin'"', Ma- 
turiu' ; b. in Glocester, B. I., about 1701 ; m. Ahrahani Jac/i'son, a 
bro. of her bro. David's wife, somewhere, sometime, and had at 
least one child, perhaps more — all enveloped in a fog of indefi- 


niteness. She was last lepdited livino' with a married son or dr. 
near Pleasant Yale, Pike Co., Ilh No more told. 

Thus we have gone throng-h the imperfect family record of this 
David Ballon's 13 children. Whether we shall be able to g-lean 
any fragments of their widely scattered I'l'^^sf^uy is uncertain. 
Possil:>ly we may find a few. Passing over the already dismissed 
Nos. 519 to 530 inclusive, we reach the large, well reported famil}" 
of Joseph Ballon", William^ Maturing John', Maturin'. But of 
these it will be seen, by referring to their record, No. 112, that 
nothing more can be usefully said, as the family must probably 
soon become extinct. We therefore pass over Nos, 537 to 545 in- 
clusive, and come to the chn. of William Ballon, the said Joseph's 
brother. The eldest three of this William Ballon's chn. d. young, 
viz. : [Nos. 546-518], and need not be specified. 

[549.] Abiah Ballou", William', Wilham', Maturin', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Mar. 20, 1821; m. WiUard 11. Bawley 
of WesterW, R. I., no date of mge., etc. Issue, understood to 
have been b. in said Westerly or vicinity. — 

1818 — 1. William HeDiy Da^vlej^ b. not given; no trace ohtained. 
181!) — 2. Barbara Annie Dawley, b. not given; m. a Mr. Potter, Slocum- 
ville, R. I. 

Mrs. Abiah (Ballon) Dawley d. Oct. 4, 1850. We wrote months 
ago to Slocumville, R. I., to learn something if possible about 
Mrs. Abiah's dr. and son, l)ut reed, no response. We shall attempt 
no further tracement. 

[550 AND 551.] William Harrison B.vllou", and Almanda Bal- 
Lou", of this family, demand no fiirther notice. 

[552.] Sanford Jackson Ballou", William', William', Maturing 
John", Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Aug. 5, 1829, went abroad 
at sea and elsewhere, and for over 22 yrs. was unheard from. He 
was given up by his Vermont relatives as lost ; but to their great 
surprise, within the last two or three years, an only son of the 
supposed lost one suddenly made his ajipearance, inquiring for 
his father's kindred. Thus it Avas ascertained that Sanford Jack- 
son Ballon m. jS[av]i j\[eKenzio,sSx. of John and Annie (McLean) 
McKenzie, b. in the Highlands of Scotland Nov. 20, 1836 ; cer. in 
Boston, Mass., July 18, 1860, by Rev. A. Blakie. Issue, b. in East 
Boston. — 

1820—1. Joliu Sanford, b. Sept. 25, 18(il; ni. Martha P. Gerring July 1(5, 


It a])i)ears, from tlie rather meagre relial)le information availa- 
ble, that Sanford Jackson Ballon was a remarkably bashfnl, reti- 
cent, modest, conscientions, kind hearted, i:>eaceable, exemplary 
man from his yonth nj^ward to matnre manhood. He was silent 
and nncommnnicative, bnt npright, dntifnl and gentle in his man- 
ners toward all, and one of the best of liusl)ands. He was a pa- 
tient laborer sometimes as a farm hand, sometimes as a fisherman 
on the briny deep, and during his last years as a ship carpenter. 
His home was in East Boston for many years, and there, jnst as 
he was getting into comfortable temporal circumstances, he was 
cut off by Typhoid Pnenmonia Apl. K!, ISG-i, a. 34 yrs. 8 mos. and 
11 (Is. His widow, a very worthy woman, has since m. a 2d hus- 
band, and resides in East Boston. 

[553.] James Hiham Ballou", William"', William', Maturin', 
John", Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., June 25, 1831 ; d. u. m. a 
patriotic soldier in the Union Army, Feb. 4, 1862, a. 30 yrs. 7 mos. 
and 9 ds. He deserves his share of the eulogies that enflower the 
graves of the vast host who died for their country in that dread- 
ful civil war. 

[554. 1 Chahles Riley Ballou", William", William', Maturing 
John-", Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., June 29, 1833 ; m. in Cali- 
fornia a wife whose name has never reached us, and at a date un- 
g-iven. Issue, b. somewhere in California, in localities and at dates 
not reported, only their ag-es dating back from Feb. 11, 1885. — 




aged 17 j^ears. 



James H., 

15 " 



Jose])liiiie P. 


13 " 




8 " 







Ella Kosa, 

4 " 




3 " 

Charles E. Ballon" seems to have been born under what the as- 
trologers call malign or unpropitious planetary rulings. Ho left 
home while yet a guileless lad, and sought his fortune in the 
golden regions of California. There he toiled hard, and was 
twice rolibed of his savings — once by his faithless partner while 
helplessly sick. At length he nnirried and took his wife to an 
obscure nook, away from vicious associations and corrupting in- 
fluences, where he sought to raise up his family, but where there 
were no schools to educate them. Tlie struggles of his lot in life 


always pressed liiui down, and he Inid seldom heart enough left 
to write home to his Vermont relatives. They rarely heard of his 
whereabouts. Finally, in the autumn of 1883, he started with his 
family on board a large covered wagon, for a locality in Oregon, 
where his wife's mother resided. But the snows of winter met 
him on his journey, and he was obliged to halt among strangers 
in a dreary part of the country. There he threw up a cabin, took 
a fatal cold, and soon died. Charity buried him, and ]irovided 
temporary relief for his sutiering famity. He d. in Redding, 
Shasta Co., Cal., Apl. 20, 1884, a. about 51 yrs. The fate of his 
family is no further told. A hard, sad case this! 

[Nos. 555 AND 556], two chn. of this family passed over without 
further attention. The latter, MAitCELLUs Ballou", still lives, luit 
is a physical and mental wreck. 

[557.] Baebaha Annie Ballou', "WilKam", William', Maturing 
John-', Maturin' ; b. in Tunl)ridge, Vt., Oct. 20, 1839 ; m. Ahel Mer- 
rill of Chelsea, Vt., son of Abel and Sarah H. Merrill, b. in Stowe, 
Vt., Apl. 2, 1811 ; cer. in said Chelsea, Vt., Sept. 9, 1873, by Rev. 
Samuel Delano. Issue, b. in said Chelsea. — 

1828 — 1. Maud Merrill, b. May 12, 1875; now a i)romisiii.i>- maiden. 

Mrs. Barbara Annie is an amiable, intelligent, exemplary wife 
and mother. Mr. Merrill is a man of corresponding intelligence 
and worth. He is a descendant of a Huguenot family that set- 
tled during the 18th century in Newbury, Mass. He graduated at 
Dartmouth College in 1839, practiced law some years in Hartland, 
Vt., settled on a farm in Chelsea, Vt., sold it out, went to Kansas 
in 1856 to help make it a Free State, returned to Chelsea, and has 
since usefully employed himself there as one of its influential cit- 
izens, — at the same time much devoted to his family, and espec- 
ially to the educational development of his beloved Maud. 

[558.] Sabah Abbie Ballou", William', Wilhani ', Maturing 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Tunliridge, Vt., Sept. 24, 1842 ; d. Apl. 
23, 1872. She Avas a lady of remarkable loveliness, physical, in- 
tellectual and moral — greatly beloved and lamented by all who 
knew her. But she was transplanted only to bloom forever in the 
immortal Eden. 

What a large and strangely diversified family was this of Wil- 
liam Ballon', b. in Tunbridge, Vt. ; diversified in pecidiarities of 


o-eniiis, cliaracter and experience ! And liow few are its remains 
on earth ! 

[559. 1 John Ballof", Bezeliel", AVilliam', Matnrin', John", Ma- 
tnrin' ; 1). in Tnnln'idg'e, Yt., Aug. 12, 1828; m. Cordelht L. K'my ^ 
dr. of John and Ehzabeth (Noyes) King, Ij. July 14, 1835 ; cer. 
Nov. 10, 1856. Issue, b. in said Tunbridge. — 

1839—1. Milton John, b. Jnne 6, 1868; remained n. m. Apl. '33, 1885. 

John Bahou" is a siibstantial and worthy farmer of Tunbridge, 
Vt. Mrs. Cordeha, his wife, is a woman of nol)le mind and moral 
qualities. For several years she was a valuable correspondent of 
Mr. Peck, and with unwearied jjains furnished him a large amount 
of genealogical data concerning: the Ballous, her husband's rela- 
tions, residents of Tunbridge and vicinity. We are indebted to 
her also for valuable information of a later date. Our readers 
will enjoy the fruit she has helped to gather for these pages, 
though not aware of her faithful services in detail. Our last 
letter from her, under date of Apl. 22, 1885, reported herself, hus- 
band and only son Milton J. in usual health. 

[560.] Geokge Ballou", BezelieP, William', Maturin', John", 
Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., June 4, 1829 ; m. Abby M. Noyes, 
dr. of John and Abigail (Moody) Noj^es, b. June 16, 1835; cer. 
June 16, 1854. No issue. 

This connubial pair belong to the respectable yeoman class in 
Tunbridge. George Ballon" d. Jan. 31, 1882, a. 52 yrs. 7 mos. aud 
27 ds. 

[561.] Lucy Ballou", BezelieP, &c., b. Sept. 12, 1830 ; d. u. m. 
in Tunbridge Sept. 25, 1858. No characteristics given, 

[562.] Mary Ballou", Bezeher", William', Maturin', John', Ma- 
turin' ; 1). in Tunbridge, Yt., Aug. 30, 1831 ; m. J-<'><se Stanley, son 
of David and Al)igail (Wills) Stanley, b. in 1823 ; cer. May 27, 
1855. Settled as a blacksmith in Johnsburgh, N. Y. No issue, 
and no further reported. 

[563.] Benjamin Ballou", BezelieP, William', Maturing John"', 
Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Yt., Mar. 21, 1833. Occupation a sad- 
dler. He d. u. m. Apl. 20, 1856, in the morning of active life. 

[564.] Betsey Ballou", BezelieP", William", Matimn', John", 
Maturin'; b. in Tunbridge, Yt., July 28, 1835; m. William W. Gal- 


hi/), son of William and Betsey Galluj), 1). in said Tunbridg-e Jan. 
11, 1827 ; cer. Feb. 8, 1857. They settled in Nortlitield, Vt. Issue.— 

1830-1. Justin M. Gallu]), b. Aug. 3;J, 1858. 
1831—2. Wtilliice S. Giillu]., b. Dec. G, 'GO. 

Mrs. Betsey (Ballon) Gallui) d. in Nortlifield, Vt., Dec. 30, 18GU. 
Nothing' given concerning' character, social standing', or even oc- 
cupation ; leaving- us to guess that all these were fair. 

[565.] Silas Ballou", Bezeliel', William', Maturin'; eTohn", Ma- 
turiii' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Apl. 22, 1839. One of our romantic 
adventurous cousins, last heard from u. ni. in Hong Kong', China. 
What has since befallen him of life's good or ill fortune remains 
yet untold. No intelligence whatever concerning' Silas Ballou'' 
has lately reached his Vermont relations. Nothing' further to be 
said at present. 

[566, 567 AND 568] , represent the children of Sakah Ballou" and 
Munes Laid, all dectl. and heretofore given up as no further trace- 

[569.] Amanda Ballou", Maturing William', Maturing John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithheld, R. I., Dec. 6, 1826 ; m. Geary e W. 
llhiea, sou of Sylvester and Mary Ann Hines, b. in Providence, 
R. I., Apl. 13, 1831 ; cer. May 6, 1856, by Bev. Georg-e T. Day. 

No issue. 

Mrs. Amanda (Ballou) Hines and husband reside at Reservoir 
Heights in Lincoln, R. I. He is a competent house carpenter, 
and they both hold a reputable position in the community. 

[570.] Maturin Smith Ballou", Maturin", William', Maturing 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I,, Aug. 16, 1830. We are 
so unfortunate as never to have learned more of Maturin S". than 
that he is a house carpenter and resides at Saylesville, R. I. AVe 
respectfully addressed him a written request on our printed Cir- 
cular, Apl. 16, 1885, but received no response. We can hardly 
doubt that our communication reached him, and that for some 
reason he was indisposed to furnish us the information solicited. 
We are sorry we cannot give it, but feel excusable, 

[571.] Sakah Ann Ballou", Maturin', William', Maturin', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 7, 1833 ; m. Ira EcenM 


Sinit/i, son of Ezekiel and Sally Smith, b. in Relioboth, Mass., 

1829 ; cer. Oct. 22, 1851. Issne.— 

1833 — 1. Eiiiilj' Ada Smith, 1). Apl. 37, 1855; remained a worthy maiden 


This respected pair enjoyed a brief connubial life. They re- 
sided in Providence, E. I. He was a skillful craftsman at Plane 
making'. He d. Oct. 27, 1857. Mrs. Sarah Ann d. Dec. 5, 18(jl. 
Their Uttle dr. Emily fell into the kind care of her grandmother 
Ballon, with Avhoni she lived in happy relationshii? till her death 
in 1877, already told. 

[572.] Jonathan Ballou", Maturing William', Maturin", John", 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithtield, R. I., May 24, 1835 ; m. Sarah, Eliza 
FreciiKfii, dr. of Philo and Betsey Freeman, b. in Providence, 
R. I., Jan. 27, 1844 ; date, place and solemnizer of cer. not given. 
Issue, b. at Valley Falls, R. I. — 

1833 — 1. Charles Henry, I). Mar. 13, 1803; no further reported. 
1834 — 3. Ada Elizabeth, b. not given; d. at the age of 4 or 5 yrs. 
1835—3. Flora May, b. Feb. 8, 1807; no fnrther reported. 

We presume this Jonathan Ballon" was a mechanic of some 
sort, but have not been told his occupation, nor his character- 
istics, nor those of his companion. We wish we had been, for we 
cannot doubt they deserved a creditable record. He seems to 
have been cut off from his young- family when they greatly needed 
a father's providence and care. He d. Dec. 31, 1867. Mrs. Sarah, 
his widow, survived him several years. She d. Feb. 27, 1884. 

[573.] Nelson Judson Ballou", Maturin", William', Maturing 
John", Maturin'; b. in Smithtield, R. I., July 15, 1837; m. Mary 
Jane Watson, dr. of Gabriel and xlnna Watson, I), in Londonderry, 
Ireland, Apl. 5, 1840; cer. Mar. 11, 18(58, by Rev. Charles H. 
Spalding, at Central Falls, R. I. No issue. 

N. J. Ballon" is an industrious and thrifty farmer, residing at 
Saylesville, in now Lincoln, R. I., formerly Smithtield. We pre- 
sume he and his companion occu^iy a respectable rank among the 
yeomanry of their vicinage. We are indebted to him for helpful 
information, courtesy and encouragement. 

[574.] Elijah AValtek Ballou", Sanford', William', Maturing 
John^, Maturin' ; 1). in Tunl)ridge, Vt., June 0, 183G ; m. Sa)u/i 
Aim Dh-kennan, dr. of Enoch and Mary Dickerman, b. Oct. 5, 

1830 ; cer. Oct. 7, 1857. Issue.^ 


1886—1. Elijali, b. Apl. 12, 1858; iio furtlior reported. 
1837--3. Emniii, h. Oct. 28, '08; " 
1888—8. Everett, 1). Aug. 28, '71 ; " 

Elijali W. Ballou" was an iudiistrious and expert ironsmith, and 
inirsued liis avocation in various localities, but had his home per- 
manently in Tun bridge. Mrs. Sarah Ann, his worthy com})anion, 
d. Oct. 24, 1871). Since then he and his three chn., none of them 
ni., have dwelt tog"ether in nnitual helpfulness, comfort and peace 
in their native vicinage. 

[575.] William Sanfokd Ballou", Sanford", Wilham', Maturing 
John", Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Aug. 3U, 1837; m. (Uuir- 
Lotte Frances liolfe, dr. of Gustavus and Eliza (Marston) llolfe, 1). 
in said Tunbridge Dec. 7, 1848 ; cer. July 4, 1875, by Eev. S. F. 
Lougee. Issue, b. in said Tunbridge. — 

1889—1. Muttie Eliza, b. June 20, 1870. 
1840-2. Amia Clara, b. Feb. 28, '78. 
1841—8. Willie Herbert, b. Oct. 20, '79. 

William Sanford Ballou'' is a reputable farmer of his native 
town, living there at last advices in comfortable family circum- 
stances. . No materials given for enlarged characterization. 

[570.] Persis Ballou", of this family, d. under two years of age. 

[577.] Persis E. B.vllou", Sanford', William', Maturin', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Dec. 28, 1840; m. Abijah W. Os- 
good, son of William and Almira (Dililile) Osgood, b. in llan- 
dolpli, Vt., Sept. 15, 1832 ; cer. Sept. 15, 1860, by Ilev. Lyman 
Sargent. No issue. Worthy, respectaljle people of the substan- 
tial farmer class, resident in Ilandoli)h, Vt. 

[578.] John Dexter Ballou", Sanford', William', Maturin'', 
John", Maturin'; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Oct. 4, 1842; m. 1st JA^/y 
F. White, dr. of Royal N. and Betsey E. (Richardson) White, b. 
Sept. 5, 185G; cer. Jan. 14, 1871. No issue. 

Mrs. Mary d. Aug. 3, 1875. The husband m. 2d Nellie Base 
Sto<l<lai'(l, dr. of Elizabeth and Judith (Weeks) Stoddard, b. in 
said Tunl)ridge ; cer. Mar. 14, 1877, by Rev. Almon Shepard. 
Issue. — 

1842—1. Don Leroy, b. Nov. 5, 1870. 
1848—2. Ray Jolin Dexter, b. July 8, '83. 

John D. Ballou" and family Ijclong to the solid yeomanry of 



Vermont, l)ut the reporting" relatives have given us nothing- more 
to tell concerning them. They are settled in Chelsea, Vt. 

[57"J.] Sally Ballou", of this family, b. May '1, 1847, d. at home, 
withont any eulogy that has reached us, Apl. 18, 1867, at the a. of 
nearly 20 yrs. 

[580.] The next in order of birth d. in early infancy, Feb. 27, 

1 581.] IVlAiiY ]VI. Ballou', Sanford', Wimam\ INIaturin', Jolnr, 
Maturin' ; 1). in Tunbridge, Vt., Feb. 7, 1852; m. George IL WhUe, 
son of Pvoyal N. and Betsey E. (Eichardson) White, b. Feb. 7, 
1850 ; cer. Sept. 27, 1876. Issue, b. as understood, in said Tun- 
bridge. — 

1844-L Ada Mary ) . b. Nov. G, 1873. 
1845-3. AmoyMyrai*'''"^^'!). " " " 
184G— 8. Frank E., h. May 18, '74. 

Of the same class, rank and worth as their family relatives 
above mentioned. 

[582.] HoKEA Ballou", Sanford'', WilKam', INIaturin', John', 
IVIaturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Sept. 5, 1854. At our last advices 
Hosea" was enjoying a life of " single blessedness" in his native 
town, and, we presume, one of honorable usefulness. 

Concerning this cluster of Ballou families in Vermont, the de- 
scendants of William', originally of Smithfield, E. I., Mrs. John 
Ballou, who married into the connection, wrote to Mr. Peck, in 
1873, as follows. — " If your mother was a real Ballou, and was a 
relative of the ones here, you must know that you have to wait 
their motion. But I will say that no better folks live than they 
are on an average." Her hit is a pretty good one, in the matter 
of " motion," on the whole rank and file of our cousinhood. They 
are a cool, undrivable, unhurryable race, but are apt to he per- 
sistent and reliable wdien once fairly started. 

[583.] Thomas Bullock," David and Mary Ballou", Eev. Ma- 
turing Peter'', John', Maturin' ; b. prob. in Warwick, Mass., in 
1772 ; is understood not to have been m., was lost to the knowl- 
edge of his family relatives for some years, but linally heard from 
as a soldier in the IT. S. army in the war of 1812. He was last 
reported going into the battle of Sacketts Harbor, May 29, 1813. 
It is presumed he perished in that battle. He was never after- 
ward heard of. 


[584.] Welcome Bullock", David and Mary Ballon', Ilev. Ma- 
tnrin'', Peter", John", Mat.nrin' ; b. in'ob. in Warwick, Mans., not 
far from 177-4 ; m. a lady in Cuyahoga Co. Ohio, no name of bride, 
birthplace, birth-date, or marriage-date given. Issue, G chn. — 4 
drs. and 2 sons ; all said to have been some time deceased in 1874, 
excepting 1 son, viz. — 

1847 — 1. James Monroe Bullock; res. Chagrin Falls, O. 

This pitiable skeleton of a family record is derived mainlj' from 
letters to Mr. Peck in 1874 by two grandsons of David Bullock, 
viz. — James Monroe Bullock of Chagrin Falls, O., and Cromwell 
Bullock of Ellnidge, N. Y. James Monroe' gave no names ex- 
cept his father's and his own, and no dates at all, but j^romised a 
future letter in which he would be ample and explicit. Whether 
he ever wrote the promised letter to Mr. Peck we know not ; but if 
he did, it has not reached us. It seems to us doubtful if we shall 
be able to trace Welcome Bullock" any farther than to the above 
named James M. Bullock. 

[585.] Cromwell Bullock", David and Mary Ballon,'' Eev. 
Maturin', Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. prob. in Warwick, Mass., 
not far from 1776; m. Sara/i Mortoji, dr. of Benjamin Morton, 
birth-date not given ; cer. in the locality formerly known as 
Erving's Grant, Mass., some time lietween 1790 and 1800. 

1S48— 1. Mary Ballon Bullock, 1). not "-iven; m. Garridas Sr>anl<lin<? \mQ. 

1849—3. Hosea Ballon Bnlloek, b. " m. Hepsie Morton. 

1850—3. Sarali Bullock, b. " d. young. 

1851—4. Cynthia Bullock, b. " m. Addison Cole. 

, 1853—5. Benjamin F. Bullock, b. " m. Nancy Carrier. 

1853—6. Cromwell Bullock, 1). Aug. 30, 1800; m. Melissa Everts Mar. 13, 


1854 — 7. Alvali Bullock, h. not oiveu; d. youny-. 

1855—8. Delight Bullock, 1). " m. Warren Hart of Cicero, N. Y. 

As it seems unlikely we shall be able to trace this family 
definitely into the next generation, we will here im]>art all the in- 
formation we have reed, respecting parents, elm., and grand chn. 
in one general statement. This is a digest of a letter to Mr. Peck 
from Cromwell Bullock^ dated Elbridge, N. Y., May 20, 1874. 
From this letter it appears that Cromwell Bullock" dwelt mostly in 
some town of Franklin Co., Mass., till all his eight children had 
been born. Then, perhaj^s about 1815, he removed with his 
family to Marcellus, Onondaga Co., N. Y., where he remained, 


at the Iji'iek making" business, till 1838. Fiuall}' lie settled in 
Fayetteville in the same Co. There he was Bethel agent for the 
Baptist Church ; from which we infer that he was a pious and 
trusted member of that denomination. He d. in Fayetteville 
about 1844. When and where Mrs. Sarah, his wife, d. is not 

Mary Ballou Bullock', the eldest dr., who m. Garridas Spauld- 
ing- in 1830, d. in Van Buren,-]?^. Y., in April, 1873. She left there 
her husband, and one dr., who married Maynard Ingoldsby. 

HosEA Ballou Bullock", the eldest son, who m. Hepsie Morton, 
resided, in 1874, at Lomira Centre, Dodge Co., Wis., and had a 
family of several chn., two of whom, Benjamin and Mary, were 
living in 1868. 

Cynthia Bullock', who m. Addison Cole, had two chn., Eliza 
and Addison, both living in 1874 at Fayetteville, N. Y. She d. 
there at a date not given, leaving her husband and the aforesaid 

Benjamin F. Bullock', who m. Nancy Carrier, had four chn., 
viz. — Nancy, who d. young ; David ; Addison, who m. Maria Joles, 
lived in Springport, Cayuga Co., N. Y., and had nine chn. ; and 
Sarah, who m. Robert Betts at Port Byron, N. Y., and had a large 

CiiOMWELL Bullock', b. in Boston Aug. 20, 1806, who m. Melissa 
Everts, dr. of Levi and Wealthy (Brown) Everts, at Weedsport, 
N. Y., Mar. 31, 1829, resided, 1874, in Elbridge, Onondaga Co., 
N. Y'., without chn. He was trained a Cabinet-maker, ])ut after 
1844 engaged in the Millwright business. Moral character and 
social standing highly influential. At the above date he was 68 
yrs. of age, and had been Justice Peace in Elbridge for 24 con- 
secutive yrs. 

Delioht Bullock', youngest child of Cromwell and Mary (Bal- 
lou) Bullock, m. a husl)and, name not given, resides in Poygan, 
Winnebago Co., Wis., and has a large family. 

The reader will suspect, from our many previous hints, that we 
are not proud of this peculiar family record ; Imt it is much better 
than nothing — though so deficient in dates, deliniteness, and 
methodical order. And justice demands the fact that the furnisher, 
Cromwell Biillock', pleaded the important excuse, that his father's 
regular family record was unfortunately burnt, leaving him to de- 
]jend chiefly on his own memory. Such as it is, we subnjit it, and 
shall attempt no further tracement of Mary (Ballou) Bullock's de- 










[58().] AsAHEL Ballou", Benjamin", Eev. Maturin ', Peter', 
John", Matnrin', I), in Foster, R. I., Jan. 18, 1771 ; ni. Mdiiha 
Stdi'f of (Inilford, Vt., dr. of Comfort and Judith (Cooper) Starr, 
b. May 28, 177(5 ; cer. Dec. 8, 1795. Issue, mostl}' b. in Halifax, 
Vt., nine sons, and not a single daugiiter. — 

1856—1. Hosea, Eev., D. D., 1). Oct. 18, 17t)6; m. Clarissa Hatdi Jan. 26, 

1857—2. Asaliel, Jr., 1). Aug. 26, '!)!»; *ni. Diantlia Fox. 
1858 — 3. Pearley, \i. Jan. 4, 1802; m. 1st Amanda Wilcox, 2(1 Lavina H. 

1859—4. Levi, Kev., h. May 10, '06; m. 1st Mary Chase, 2(1 Elvira B. 
William S., Kev., b. Sept. 17, '08; d. u. m. Aug. 27, 1865. 
Eeubeii ) . b. July 25, '12; d. an infant Oct. 15, 1813. 

Martin, Hon., i^'^"^""' b. " " " m. Catherine 8. Tuttle 1847. 
Alvin, M. D., ) b. Jan. 11, '16; m. Melissa J. Vanghan Feb. 

- twins, 24, 1848. 

1864—9. Almon ) b. Jan. 11, '16; m. Martha H. Larabee. 

Asaliel Ballou" was a man of strong native comnu^n sense, intel- 
ligent Avitliont scholastic privileges by force of his own mental 
culture, observation and experience — high toned in moral senti- 
ment, conscience and character — -a plain, unpretentious, hard- 
working farmer of the most solid and reliable stamp. He and 
his companion commanded the si)ontaneous respect and confi- 
dence of all who knew them. The reader will see at a glance 
their excellent qualities enflowered in their sons — of whom we 
shall have occasion to speak with commendatory consideration in 
their order of record. Asaliel Ballou and wife settled, raised their 
family, lived and died in Halifax, Vt. She d. Oct. 9, 1S89, a. 68 
yrs. 4 nios. and 11 ds. He d. Mar. 20, 1851, a. 80 yrs. 2 inos. and 
2 ds. 

[587.] MAPiY Ballou", Benjamin', Ptev. Maturin', Peter', John", 
Maturin'; b. prob. in Foster, Pi. I., on Sunday, Apl. 18, 1778; m. 
C<(leh Carpenter of Monroe, Mass. They are said to have removed 
to "the Black river country." No more told, and we despair of 
ever tracing these "Black river cousins." AYe regret to leave 
them out in the cold, but presume they will never much deplore 
being excusably ignored. 

[588.] Maiitin Ballou", Benjamin", Kev. Maturin', Peter", John', 
Maturin'; b. perhaps in Foster, E. I. perhaps in Guilford, Vt., 
A])l. 18, 1777 ; in. 1st Annie Brlant of Marlboro', Vt., parentage, 
birth-date, A:c., not giA'en; cer. in Guilford, Vt., Jan. 1800. Issue, 


all 1). in Monroe, Mass., except the first named, who was b. in 
Guilford, Vt.— 

1805—1. Maiy, b. May 3, 1801; m. Rev. Hosea Faxon Ballon. 

1866—2. Anna, b. Jnly 1.5, '03; d. in infancy. 

1867—3. Darins, b. July 3, '05; m. 1st Abigail Bishop, 2(1 Esther Bisho]). 

1868—4. Martin M. I). May 18, '07; m.lst Ahnira Hines, 2<I Diana Briant, 

3d D. Sabin." 

1869—5. Lydia, h. Oct. 30, '10; m. Hiram G. Sheldon, So. Adams, Mass. 

1870 — 6. Lueinda, b. Jnly 18, '13; m. Josepli Hicks, WliitinLvham, Vt. 

1871—7. Asahel, h. Nov. 15, '15; m. Sarah Toliey; res. Eeadsboro, Vt. 

Mrs. Anna, the mother of these elm. d. Apl. 1, 1881, a. 53 yrs. 
Martin", m. 2d Frndence I^/w/p.s of Monroe, Mass., Feb. 1832; no 
particulars further given. Issue, all b. in said Monroe. — 

1873— 8. Alvah Benjamin, b. Feb. 15, 1834; m. Amanda Foster An*?. 30, 

1873— 9. Charles Alfred, Ix Oct. 16, '36; m. Lncy Tryphena Porter Jan. 

9, 1863. 
1874—10. Almou D., b. Nov. 31, '39; m. Betsey A. Bolin. 
1875—11. William F., b. Apl. 3, '41; d. Nov. 3, 1843. 
1876—13. Irvine W., b. Apl. 36, '43; m. Nettie B. Kemp Feb. 16, 1868. 
1877—13. Sarah M., b. Apl. 3, '49; m. Henry L. Bnrnett Dec. 1, 1867. 

Martin Ballou", Esq., was an executive and thrifty farmer, an 
intelligent, influential citizen, a man of sterling moral rectitude, 
and eminently exem^jlary in all his relationships. He was re- 
spected accordingly. He was long an honored civil magistrate in 
his vicinage, town clerk, an incumbent of various responsible 
municipal offices, many times a Representjitive to the General 
CoTirt, and Postmaster for more than 30 yrs. He d. Apl. C, 1853, 
in the 77th year of his age. We maj^ safely presume that his 
wives were intelligent and worthy women. His 2d wife, Mrs. 
Prudence (Phelps) Ballou, d. the ensuing June after him, 1853. 

[589.] Lydia Ballou", Benjamin', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John", 
Maturin'; b. prob. in Guilford, Vt., Friday, Sept. 24, 1779; m. 
Jdcoh Briant of Monroe, Mass., and moved to Medina Co., O. ; 
both long since deceased. Of their chn. we have only the folloAV- 
ing names and hints. — 

1878—1. Martin Briant, b. Mar. 3, 1800; m. Anna Ballon Oct. 36, 1833. 

1879 — 3. Lydia Briant, 1). not <;iven; m. Mahlon Barton. 

1880—3. Leafy Briant, b. " n. m. 

1881^4. Belinda Briant, b. " m. Pntnam, Findley, O. 

1882—5. Asahel Briant, 1). " m. Sarah Stockwell, kc. 

1883—6. llosel Briant, b. " m. . 


1884 — 7. Barbara Briaiit, b. uot given; m. Dimmick. 

1880—8. Alonzo Briaiit, b. " m. . 

We despair of tracing- any of these except Martin Briant'. 

[590.] Amey Ballou", Benjamin', Eev. Maturin', Peter', Jolnr, 
Matnrin'; b. in Guilford, Vt., Monday, Mar. 18, 1782; ui. h'/isfia 
Br'uuit, understood to be of Monroe, Mass. Tliey had tlie follow- 
ing- named elm. — 

ISHG— 1. Benjamin Briaiit, b. ; m. Catliorinc Staft'ord; had 5 elm. 

1887—3. Clilue Briaut, 1).; in. Kev. Mr. Hiscock; had 2 stnis. 

1888-8. Amey Briant, b. ; d. a. 18 yrs. 

1889—4. Anna Briant, b. ; d. a. 1(5 yrs. 

18'J0-5. Polly Briant, 1).; u. m. 

18'J1— (). Elisha Briant, 1). ; res. Florida, Mass. 

1893—7. Arad Briant, b. ; m. Toover, Florida. 

Elisha Briant d. long- ago, and all we (3ver heard of the family 
is, that Mrs. Amey" survived her husband and resided some years 
with one of her sons in Readsl)oro', Vt. Further we have found 
neither clews nor eucourag-ement to trace this descent. 


[592.] Barbaka Ballou", Benjamin', Rev. Maturin', Peter", 
John', Maturin'; b. in Guilford, Vt., Nov. 27, 178(i ; m. JJank'l Gore, 
son of Elijah and 8arali (Little) Gore, b. in said Guilford, Oct. 30, 
1783; cer. Jan. 8, 1805, l)y E. Bailey of Eeadsboro', Vt. Issue, b. 

in Monroe, Mass. — 

1898 — 1. Hiram Gore, b. Jan. 7, 180(3; m. 1st Laura Habin, 2d Laura 

1894— 2. Lovell Gore, 1). Fel). 2(j, '08; m. 1st Belief French, 2d Susan 


1895— ;j. Julina Gore, b. Feb. 0, '10; m. Miranda Hines Oct. 8, 1880. 
189G— 4. Moses Gore, b. Oct. 9, '12; m. 1st Flora Ballon, 2d Betsey Kose- 


1897— 5. Asahel Gore, b. Feb. 15, '15; m. Mary Cotton Mar. 28, 1887. 

1898— 0. Luther Martin Gore, b. Feb. 8, '18; d. u. m. Chatham, O., Jan. 

28, 1845. 

1899— 7. Sarah Gore, b. Mar. 8, '20; m. 1st C. Hall, 2d Johnson D. Stewart. 

1900— 8. Elmina Gore, b. June 2, '22; m. Eiley Boyd Dec. 22, 1889. 

1901 — 9. Caroline Lydia Gore, b. June 12, '25; m. Jacob C. Chase May 

8, 1844. 
1902—10. Mary Jane Gore, b. Feb. 25, '81; remained u. m. 

A very intelligent, enterprising-, thrifty and reputable family 
throughout. Mrs. Barbara" and her husband spent most of their 
married life in Monroe, Mass., where all their chii. except Moses, 


Avere b. (He iu Florida.) Tliey were iirosperous in temporal 
tiling's, and became the wealthiest pair in Monroe. Their moral 
and social standing- was correspondingly prominent. He d. there 
Apl. 10, 1859, a. 75 yrs. 5 mos. 10 ds. Mrs. Barbara d. in Jackson- 
ville, yt., Nov. 2, 1879, a. 92 yrs. 11 mos. 5 ds. 

[593.] Sarah Ballou', Benjamin", Kev. Matnriu', Peter'', John", 
Maturin'; b. in Guilford, Vt., Thursday, Mar. 5, 1789 ;.m. John 
J*ai'.so/(6: Here is another family Avhicli we must present in ini- 
l^erfect and unsatisfactory registration ; having written in vain for 
information to its surviving reuniants. . The parents have gone 
the way of all the earth several years since. Mrs. Sarah", is said 
to have d. of Small Pox. We give below the names of 12 chn. 
and a few fractional appendages. — 

1903 — 1. Susan Parsons; m. Samuel Wheeler. 

1904—2.' John Parsons, Jr. 

1905 — 3. Lucina Parsons; drowned in Deerfield river. 

1906 — 4. Selina Parsons; m. Andrew Wilcox. 

1907 — 5. Wealthy Parsons; unreported. 

1908 — 0. Anna Parsons; unreported. 

1909 — 7. Albert Parsons; m. a dr. of James Hicks. 

1910 — 8. Massenna Parsons; untraced. 

1911 — 9. Benjamin Parsons; " 

1912 — 10. Maturin Parsons; res. in Whitingham, Vt. 
1913 — 11. Dexter Parsons; untraced. 

1914—12. Lucy Parsons; m. Kev. Nathan D. Sherman; res. in Wliitiu.o- 
liam, Vt. 

We have derived these names from two obscure lists, and can- 
not vouch for their entire accuracy ; not knowing but some of the 
chn. had double names and were variously called. 

[594.] Benjamin Ballou", young-est child of Benjamin", b. in 
Guilford, Vt., Oct. 9, 1792, lived only till Aug. 19, 1795. 

[595.] Sakah Moses", Samuel Moses and Lydia Ballon , Eev. 
Maturin', Peter', John', Maturin'; b. in Warwick, Mass., not far 
from 1771 ; d. in infancy. 

[596.] KoYAL Moses", Samuel Moses and Lydia Ballou', Rev. 
Maturin', Peter^ John", Maturin'; b. in AVarwick, Mass., not far 
from 1776; went to Owego in Newark Valley, Chenango Co., N. 
Y., m. a wife, whose name, parentage, birth-date and particulars 
of cer. have not been reported to us. Issue. — 


1915 — 1. Gracia Moses, b. not given. 

191G— 2. Laura Moses, 1). " in. Joel Shaw. 

1917—8. Hanmel Moses, h. " 

191H— 4. Philo Moses ) . 1). not ,<;iven. 

1919—5. Philander Moses i *^^'"^^' b. 

1920 — 6. Nathan Moses, b. not given. 

1921—7. Name not given, b. " 

No more told. Wlint we and our readers have lost through 
ignorance of this family branch of cousins cannot be g-uesscd, but 
presumably much ; for all hints and glimj^ses indicate that, in 
general, this stock of Ballou Moseses evinced uncommonly good 
blood. No further traced. 

[597.] Samuel Moses, Jr"., Samuel and Lydia Ballou", Kev. 
Maturing Peter', Jolnr, Maturin'; b. in Warwick, Mass., May 7, 
1778 ; m. Kim'ici' S/id'/oii, dr. of Moses Sheldon, Rupert, Vt., cer. 
1807. Issue.— 

1922—1. Saliua Moses, b. Dorset, Vt., Jan. 9, 1808; m. 1st Ira Kelton, 2(1 
B. H. Franklin. 

1923 — 2. Louisa Moses, b. Dorset, Vt., Jan. '6, '12; ni. Andrew March Oct. 

1924—3. SheMon C. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., Dec. 31, '14; ni. and had a 
family in 111. 

1925—4. Abbie S. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., Aug. 10, '20; m. Jacol) N. 
Tolman June 6, 1848. 

1920-5. Eunice I. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., Feb. 28, '23; d. in Warwick, 
Mass., Aug. 29, 1839. 

1927—6. Samtiel A. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., May 0, '25; m. Eliza Fran- 
ces L(nvd 1861. 

A very intellig-ent and worthy family througiiout. Samuel and 
Eimice Sheldon spent most of their married life, and reared their 
clin., on the patrimonial homestead in Warwick, Mass. ; and their 
remains repose in the humble cemetery set apart thereon for that 
purpose by Samuel Moses, Senior. There plain memorial stones 
mark the graves of Samuel and Lydia (Ballou) Moses, of Euidce 
I. Moses, who d. Aug. 29, 1839, a. IG yrs., of Mrs. Eunice, wife of 
Samuel, Jr., who d. April 2, 1849, a. OG yrs., and of Samuel, Jr., 
who d. Feb. 23, 1870, a. 91 yrs. 8 nios. and 16 ds. 

As it will be quite difficult for us to trace the clin. of Samuel 
and Eunice Moses satisfactorily throug-h our 8th generation, we 
will present here a summary of what has reached us concerning- 
them. Mr. Peck reed, interesting- and valuable letters in 1874 
from two of the drs., viz., Mrs. Salina (Moses) Franklin', and Mrs. 



Abbie S. (Moses) Tolman'. They were unable to give all the de- 
sirable names, facts and dates of the case ; but we extract the 
substance of such statements as they could command. 

Mrs. Salina' said. — ■"' In regard to my grandmother's descend- 
ants, so far as I can learn, they have been an honest, industrious 
people, not much given to the acquirement of wealth, nor distin- 
guished for anything specially brilliant ; yet not one, to my knowl- 
edge, has ever been supported at the public expense, or been 
convicted of a crime ; which should be soinetJi'nuj to our credit." 
Her own domestic story Avas given thus. — " I was reared on the 
old homestead of my grandparents in Warwick, Mass. At the 
age of 25 I was married to Ira Kelton, son of our Eev. neighbor, 
James Kelton. My husband lived but four years after our mar- 
riage. We had two children — a dr. named Frances Salina, who 
died in early childhood, a. 2^^ yrs., and a son named 

1928—1. Ira Judsou Kelton. 

He grew to manhood, and gave promise of a true and noble life, 
but was cut down in the early part of the late war of the Eebel- 
lion, at the age of 25 yrs. after having faithfully- served his country 
but one short year. He had risen from the ranks to a Captaincy 
in the 21st Regt. Mass. Vols." [His aunt, Mrs. Tolman, said, 
"he fell mortally wounded at Chantilly, Va., Sept. 1, 18G2, and 
died 19 days after in hospital at Georgetown, D. C."] " Thus was 
wrenched from me, by the ruthless hand of cruel and relentless 
war, the last remaining hope of my early life, the comfort and 
solace of my declining years." 

" On the 9tli of Oct. 1845, and 8 yrs. after the death of my hus- 
band, Ira Kelton, I entered the marriage relation with my present 
husband, Benjamin H. FraidvUn. AVe have an only child, a 
daughter, born Oct. 10, 1840, Mary Louisa ; who was married Oct. 
10, 18G7, to Alvin B. Chamberlain, trader, of Sturbridge, Mass." 
Said Sturbridge has been the residence of Mrs. Selina Franklin 
for many years. 

Louisa Moses', Samuel, Jr''., m. Andrew March, then of Milll)ury, 
Mass., in 1838. She was an admirable singer, but d. many yrs. 
ago, leaving two sons and one dr. Her sous served in the war of 
the Rebellion, as privates in the 21st Regt. Mass. Vols., and the 
youngest was killed at Chantilly, Va., Sept. 1, 18G2. His name 
was Harry March. His elder bro., Addison March, was a police- 
man in Worcester, Mass., in 1874. The sister, ^larij Williams, 
resided in Charlton, Mass., at the above date. Sheldon C. Moses', 


Moses, Jr"., at the same date, resided in Mendota, 111., was (piite 
a sing-er and teacher of A'ocal music, and later a tuner of musical 
instruments. It is not told whom lu; ni. ; l)vit he had two sons 
and a dr., viz. Charles, Frank, and Nellie. Charles'" was a musi- 
cian and instrument tuner, lived somewhere in 111., was m., and 
had an infant dr. Frank Moses" was a carpenter in Worcester, 
Mass., m., but had no elm. Nellie" m. Lewis Clark, resided in 
A\'orcester, Mass., and had two infant sons. All these under date 
of 1874. 

Abbie S. Moses', Samuel, Jr"., the writer of the letter from 
which we are now condensing statements, wrote at the above date 
of herself. "I was m. June 6, 1848, to Jacob N. Tolman, of Ster- 
ling-, Mass. He was a widower with two little chn., Frank and 
Addie. I have had three chn. — the first Oscar", h. Oct. 1, 1H49, 
hved but two ds. — mj^ second, Willie", 1). June 1, 1851 — mj^ young- 
est, Edith", h. June 6, 1850. I cannot give you any particulars 
concerning- our family of much interest. We all have our share of 
joy and sorrow — of sorrow mostly. Mj^ husband d. in San Fran- 
cisco, Cal., Dec. 8, 1873, and my own son is also in Cal." In a 
subsequent letter she apologized to Mr. Peck for seeming- negli- 
g-ence in answering- his inquiries, thus. — "My sad liereavement 
has left me a destitute widow, and I am under the necessity of 
earning- my own living-, and also of providing- for my dr. who is in 
ill health. You will therefore see that I am not so situated as to 
be much help to any one." Alas, how many such tales might be 
truthfully told ! 

Eunice I. Moses', Samuel, Jr"., as already stated, d. in the early 
bloom of maidenhood in Warwick, Mass., Aug-. 29, 1839. Com- 
ment by her sister Tolman. — "Her life was short, but 'that life is 
long- which answers life's g-reat end.' " 

Samuel A. Moses', Samuel, Jr". ; m. Eliza Frances Low^d in 
1861, resided in 1874 in Worcester, Mass., was a machinist, has a 
dr. Helen Frances', 11 yrs. old, and had buried 2 little sons, l)oth 
successively named William Henry — one 10 months, the other 3 
yrs. old. Samuel A. loves music and " plays the violin, but does 
not fnake music a profession or business." 

It will be seen that in trying- to save time and emliarrassment, 
we have run the family register of Samuel Moses, Jr"., ahead of 
our general order, down to our 9tli Generation. We can do no 
better by his remaining bros. and sisters, so far as their respective 
records extend. But here comes in another correspondent of Mr, 
Peck, Mr. Alonzo Kingsley, a grandson of Samuel and Lydia (Bal- 


Ion) Moses, who wrote about 1874 from Keene, N. H. "VVe must 
digest what he communicated, in connection with the aforesaid 
letters of his two lady cousins, so as to include all the information 
reported. I proceed accordingly. 

[598.] Anna Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon", Rev. Maturin', 
Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. in Warwick, Mass., on some day in 
Sept. 1788 ; m. 1st a Mr. Chmnherlairi of Barnard, Vt.— no date or 
other particulars of the mge. Issue. — 

1S)29— 1. Cassandana Chamberlain, h. no date; d. at the age of 20 years. 

The misconduct of Chamberlain con.strained a divorce from him. 
Mrs. Anna m. 2d Nathaniel l^roctor of Mcmtpelier, said to have 
been a very worthy man — no date or other particulars of the mge. 
Issue, understood to have been b. in said Moutpelier. — 

1930—2. Eebecca Proctor, b. dateless; m. a Mr. Quimby; d. young, leav- 
ing 1 son. 
1931—3. Annie Proctor, b. dateless; ni. a Mr. Kent; slu; d. yonng, no chn. 
1932—4. Lydia Proctor, b. dateless; m. James M. Eddj', her cousin, no chn. 
1933—5. Mary Proctor, b. " m. a Mr. Esty or Estes; had 1 son. 
1934— G. Sarah Proctor, b. dateless; m. a Mr. Barnes; had 1 son, and d. 

1935 — 7. Josephine Proctor, b. dateless; nothing told; prob. d. in infancy. 
1936—8. Abbie Proctor, b. dateless; m. Frank L. Brown; had 3 chn. and d. 
1937—9. Nathaniel Proctor, b. dateless; nothing reported. 

Nathaniel Proctor, the husband and father, d. at a date not 
give n. Mrs. Anna" d. in St. Johusbuiy, Yt., at the age of 87 or 88 
yrs., Feb. 22, 1871. The only survivors of the above named 10 
chn,, in 1874, were Mrs. Lydia Eddy and Mrs. Mary Estes, then 
residing in Rutland, Vt. Cousin Kiugsley characterizes Frank L. 
Brown, husband of Abbie Proctor, deceased, as "a fine man, a 
trader in St. Johnsbury, Yt." Of the other husbands he gives no 
characteristics, or, if any, rather uncomplimentary. 

[599.] Lydia Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon", Rev. Maturin ', 
Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in Warwick, Mass., on some day in 
Mav, 1786; m. 1st ZephnniaJt K'nh^gley in said Warwick during 
the winter of 1801 or 1802, and soon after settled in Montpelier, 
Yt., where they had b. to them — 
1938—1 . Alonzo Kingsley, b. Mar. 23, 1804; m. Sophia H. Hill. 

We will now let Alonzo give the family history pretty much in 
his own language, as found in his letter to Mr. Peck. "My father 


liad boii.olit ^vild land in Montpelier, and bad worked clearing- the 
same for two seasons. I have heard my mother say that, when 
my father went to Montpelier, there were one framed honse and 
thirty log- honses in town. My father was killed by the fall of a 
tree in Jnne, 1805. I was then 1 yr. and 8 mos. old. My mother 
was but 10 years old, the May l)efo)'(' father dicxl — left thns a, 
widow in a new country, among- almost entire strangers. Father's 
propei-ty, after being' sold at less than half its worth and ])aying 
all his del)ts, left for my mother and myself a little over $500.00. 
My mother, l)eing- yoimg and very g-ood looking, with a little 
money, soon married again. She m. a widower, some 10 to 15 
yrs. older than herself, who had three daiighters that lived to lie 
married, bnt all d. of consumption before 40 years of age. My 
mother's second husband was Jonathan Eddy. They were m. 
about 1807." Issue.— 

1939—2. David Eddy, b. no date; d. at the a.^-e of 2 yrs. 

1940—3. James Madison Eddy, b. no date; m. his coiisin, Lydia Proctor. 

1941—4. Lanriston Eddj', b. no date; m., d. in Boston, and left 1 sou. 

" Jonathan Eddy was a noble looking man, of more than ordi- 
nary intelligence, a g-ood natural mechanic, but visionary — always 
building- castles in the air that fell ])efore they were finished." 
These peculiarities of the second husband naturally added more 
to the burdens than to the comfort of Mrs. Lydia. We do not 
find in Alonzo's letter the death-date of his step-father, Jonathan 
Eddy, but infer that he must have d. some years earlier than his 
wife. Alonzo states that she d. in St. Johnsbury, Yt., in 1871, a. 
about 84 yrs. Of his two half bros. that lived to marry, he said. — 
" James Madison Eddy resembled his father in all respects. He 
lived in St. Johnsbury, Vt. In 1871 he fell on the ice, injured his 
head, and at times seemed a little insane. Later he went to 
Boston, and has not been heard from since. He left a wife, but 
no chn. Lanriston Eddy, the youngest son, died in Boston in the 
year 1845 or 40. He was a good machinist, and left a wife and 
one son. I know^ little or nothing- about mother or son, but un- 
derstand the mother is a priident, hard working woman — the son 
quite otherwise ; yet that he has been married, and has one child." 

He finally comes to the story of his own life thus. — "At the age 
of eight yrs. I was sent from home to earn, as best I could, a living 
for myself. I was strong and healthy, and there were plenty of 
men without souls or sense, who domineered over me when I was 
wcnking for board and clothes, who gave me no chance for school, 
and seemed onlj^ bent on wringing- all the work out of me possible. 


Id tlie month of March, 1825, I bade adieu to frieuds, and to ene- 
mies if I had any, shouldered m}^ pack, and started on foot for 
Boston, to seek my fortune ; and a hard one it has been. But I 
have always had enoug"h, and a good deal to spare to shiftless 
relations. I worked at various kinds of business — always saving- 
a little, but changing when I thouglit I could do lietter. 

In 1830 I married Sophia Hawkes Hill of Winchester, N. H. 
She was one of the nol)lest and kindest of women. She died 
June 25, 1872. We had one daughter, born Oct. 20, 1833. She 
was said to be a remarkablj^ handsome woman, was an excellent 
scholar, was a graduate of Mount Holyoke Seminary in the class 
of 1857, and afterward spent some time at Troy, N. Y., in Miss 
Willard's Seminary, studying painting and French — these not 
being taught at Mt. Holyoke. Her name was Josepliine Marcia 
Kingsley. She was married at Winchester, N. H., Dec. 31, 1863, 
to Silas Hardy, Esq., a graduate of Dartmouth College in the 
class of 1855, a lawyer by profession, and Judge of Probate for 
the County of Cheshire. She died June 19, 1871, of consumption, 
leaving a babe about six weeks old, a bright, health^" boy, whom 
she named Ashley Kingsley Hardy ; Ashley being the name of 
his great-great-grandfather on his grandmother's side." 

The reader will perceive that this cousin was a keen appreciator 
of human excellencies and defects, and that he was no admirer of 
fools or knaves. Also, that he was a man born to make his way 
successfully through the severest adversities of life. Whether he 
could make due allowance for the weaknesses and perversities of 
those deficient in his oavu qualities, we will not presume to say. 

[GOO.] Ambeose Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballou\ Rev. Ma- 
turin', Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in Warwick, Mass., perhaps 
about 1788 ; went off in his youth to Ohio, prob. Cleveland or 
vicinity ; m. there a lady of unreported name, at an unreported 
date, had four chn. of unreported names, and d. in the prime of 
manhood. Nothing more told, and no attempt at further trace- 

[601.] Levi Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon'', t^^c. He was 
always more or less an invalid, never m., went West, and is thought 
to have d. at the a. of aboiit 60 yrs. 

[602. J MAiiY Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon", Ac; m. John 
Hall of Newbury, Vt., lived some years at Marshfield, Vt., and 
had several dm. No more reported, and no attempt at further 


tracement. This closes all we are able to say of Samuel and 
Lydia (Ballon) Moses' descendants. We do not enjoy sncli iu- 
detinite, limping g-enealogy, but submit to tlie inevitable, as in 
numerous otlier cases. 

[003.] Tamak B.allou", Kev. Da\id\ Eev. Maturing Peter'', 
John', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Apl. 20, 1784; m. Jon- 
atlnDi Frost, pedigree, date and particulars of nige., etc., not re- 
ported. Issue, where and when b. not ascertained. — 

1943—1. Ehdra Frost; m. James C. Van diizer; lives in Almond, N. Y. 
1948—2. Eliza Frost; m. Orson Walbrid^e; d. in Springwater, N. Y., Dec. 

5, 1870. 
1944 — 3. Jolin J. Frost; m. Miss Jolmson of Groveland, N. Y. 
1945 — 4. Mary M. Frost; m. John Jennings; res. Sparta, N. Y. 
194G — 5. Rebecca Frost; m. 1st George Barber, 2d Rufns Chandler — all 

1947—6. Lydia T. Frost; m. David Fnller, and d. in Wisconsin 1877. 
1948—7. Electa Taylor Frost; res. Dansville, N. Y. 
1949—8. David Frost; m. 1st Eliza Pinney, 2d . 

Jonathan Frost and wife, Mrs. Tamar (Ballou), removed fi-om 
New England in 1830 to Springwater, N. Y. There he d. Aug. 4, 
1857. There also Mrs. Tamar d. in the Spring of 1873, a. about 
89 years. 

[604.] Levi Ballou", Rev. David', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John", 
Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Aug, 29, 1785; m. Salhj Trevltt, 
pedigree not given ; cer. in Monroe, Mass., during the year 1805. 
Issue, b. as designated below. — 

1950—1. Leavitt, b. in Monroe, Mass., Oct. 1807; m. Betsey Beebee. 

1951—2. Levi, Jr., b. in " " ' May 14, '10; m. Martha McKlen. 

1952—3. Cynthia, b. in " " Aug. 17, '12; m. John Harvey. 

1953—4. Fatima, b. in Homer, N. Y., May 2, '10; m. William Sami)son. 

1954 — 5. Sally, b. in Otisco, N. Y., Mar. 20, '23; m., but obtainetl a divorce. 

1955-0. Phebe, b. in " " Jan. 11, '27; m. Saul Briggs. 

Levi Ballou" was an ingenious mechanic — both a blacksmith 
and shoemakor. He remained a few years after mge. in Monroe, 
Mass. In 1813 he removed with his family to Homer, Cortland 
Co., N. Y., and tlience, in 1821, to Otisco, Onondaga Co. This 
explains why his chn. had different birthplaces. At length, as age 
crept on, in 1800 the parents went and made their home with their 
son Levi, Jr., who had become wealthy afid resided near Buffalo. 
Finally, Levi" d. suddenly of apoplexy in Bennington, N. Y., in 
Dec. 1862, being in his 78th yr. Mrs. Sally d. at Concord, N. Y., 


early in 1865. Doubtless both were emineut for substantial, un- 
pretentious, every-day virtues. The little biograpliical data re- 
ceived warrant this conclusion. 

[605.] Silas Balloit", Kev. David', Eev. Maturiu', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Eichmond, N. H., Jan. 27, 1789; in. Polly S/n/;n- 
way of Homer, N. Y., dr. of Asa Shumway, b. June 7, 1795 ; cer. 
in said Homer Sept. 6, 1816. Issue. — 

1956—1. Orsamu.s, 1). Virgil, N. Y., July 17, 1817; m. Mary Shoales July 

4, 1844. 
1957—2. Clarissa, 1>. Virgil, N. Y., Feb. 8, '19; ni. William Terpanning Feb. 

2, 1845. 
1958—8. Asa Alonzo, b. Otisco, N. Y., Mar. 7, '27; m. Harriet Eebecca 

1959—4. Polly Ann, b. Otisco, N. Y., Dec. 13, '28; m. Garrison H. Lowe. 
1900—5. Myron Wallace, b. Virgil, N. Y., Feb. 9, '30; m. Emeline Parker. 

We learn from his eldest son, Orsamus, that Silas Ballou" and 
wife Polly were both distinguished in domestic and social life for 
eminent moral qualities and virtues. He says of his mother. — 
" She was one of the best mothers a mortal was ever blest with." 

Of his father he says. — "Father was quite unfortunate for a 
number of years after he settled in Virgil. He lost all the property 
he jjossessed — a good farm of a hundred acres, worth now [1874] 
sixty or seventy dollars an acre — the cars running in sight of it. 
I think he was inclined to put too much confidence in other \iqo- 
ple's word and honesty. I never saw a man that it appeared to 
hurt so badly as it did him to be deceived by a falsehood. He 
was a man of truth and integrity ; and by perseverance, industry 
and faithfulness to his family and everybody else with whom he 
had dealings, he succeeded in making his family comfortable, and 
accumulating a handsome property. His example, timely advice, 
and good counsel will ever be remembered by his children. He 
was a firm believer in the final repentance, conversion, holiness 
and consequent happiness of the whole human race; and was 
ready to defend his favorite doctrine to the extent of his ability 
when assailed by opposers." 

It seems that he went from his New England home to Virgil, 
Cortland County, N. Y., a year before his marriage, i. e. in 1815. 
He was mainly a farmer by occupation, though a competent slioe- 
midier by early training. He spent nearly all his married life in 
Virgil, with the exception of five years residence in Otisco, Onon- 
daga Co. He d. in Virgil, Nov. 28, 1864, a. 75 yrs. 10 mos. and 1 
day. Mrs. Polly, his widow, was still Hving and in comfortable 


health clown to the si)rini>' of 1874 — residing- with her dr. Mrs. 
Lowe of Virg-il, N. Y. Later advices report her as still surviving- 
hi Jan. 1881. 

[GOG.] Leavitt Ballou", Eev. David', Eev. Maturin', Peter", 
John"', Maturiu'; b. in Eichniond, N. H., Sept. 20, 1702; m. Ahi- 
(/((il lilanehard, dr. of Charles Blanchard, b. Jan. 5, 1801 ; car. in 
Lawrenceville, Tioga Co., Pa., 1820. Issue. — 

19G1— 1. Hiram, b. Mar. 22, 1831; d. u. m. May 1, 1841. 

1963—2. Ira, b. Nov. 12, '22; in. 1st Sopliia Carley, 2(1 M. Chase. 

19(53—3. Cliarlt's Cnsliiii- b. Sept. 4, '24; m. Emily H. Wilbur July 9, 1856. 

1964—4. Leavitt Hupestill, b. May 20, '38; m. Harali Emily Hicox 18()0. 

Leavitt Ballou" and wife si)ent the early portion of their married 
life in the general vicinity of Lawrenceville, Tioga Co., Pa., but 
partly on the New York side of the State line (the exact localities 
not given). There the three eldest sons are understood to have 
been born. About the year 1830 they removed to Monroe, Mass., 
where their youngest sou was born. After a few years of farming 
toil in that cold mountainous region, they finally settled in North 
Adams, Mass., where they closed their mortal pilgrimage. They 
were of the plain agricultural class, but most worthy people, be- 
loved and respected by all who knew them. This we have on 
good testimony. Mrs. Abigail d. Mar. 26, 1859. Leavitt' d. Aug. 
20, 1872, a. 70 yrs. and 11 mos. 

[G07.] David B.allou, Jk''., Rev. David', Rev. Maturin', Peter', 
John", Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 28, 179G; m. 1st 
Ilaimak llolhrool, dr. of Henry Holbrook, Esq., b. Apl. 22, 1802 ; 
cer. in Monroe, Mass., Jan. 29, 1824. Issue, b. in said Monroe. — 

1965—1. George Heury, b. Dec. 13, 18'24; m. 1st Lucy C. Hicks, 2d L. 

1966—3. David Tyler, b. Aug. 15, '30; d. u. m. Jan. 35, 1854. 
1967—3. Joanna Lestina, b. Sept. 8, '33; m. Charles T. Walcott. 

Mrs. Hannah d. in Monroe, Mass., Aug. 16, 1853. The husband 
m. 2d J//'6'. Joaniui JIulhivok', a widow whose antecedents are not 
given, further than that she was of Swanzey, N. H. ; cer. June 23, 
1858. No issue. After this 2d mge. David, Jr.," took up his abode 
in said Swanzey. He inherited the virtues of his progenitors, was 
ail industrious farmer, and deservedly enjoyed, with his family, the 
high esteem of all who knew them. David, Jr.," d. June 1, 1871, 
a. 74 yrs. 8 mos. and 3 ds. 

[608.] Chloe Ballou", Rev. David", &c., d. in infancy. 



[609.] Mercy HAitEis Ballou", Rev. David ■; Rev. Maturin\ 
Peter', Joliir, Maturiu' ; b. in Riclimond, N.H., Nov. 27,1800; 
m. Cluirles Walcott of Monroe, Mass., b. Nov. 11, 1796; cer. in 
Readsboro', Yt., Dec. 2, 1817. Issne, b., the eldest in said Reads- 
boro', the others in Monroe, Mass. — 

19G8— 1. Emily Rol)iiisou Walcott, b. Oct. 32, 1818; d. u. ni. Mar. 7, 1841. 

19(i'J— 2. AlauBon Walcott / . 1). May 8, '31 ; d. Sept. 1, 1844. 

l!)7()-3. Alonzo Walcott i*'"""^' 1). "'" " m. Haiiuali Iivnc Davis. 

1!)71— 4. Chaiies Tyler Walccjtt, b. Feb. 10, '^o; m. Joanna Lcstiua Ballon. 

These i^arents had their home on a small farm in Monroe, Mass., 
vs^here they reared their little family, and honored themselves, as 
well as their relationship and vicinage, by exemplary lives. Mrs. 
Mercy" d. in Greentield, Mass., Ang. 11, 1875, a. 71 yrs. 8 inos. and 
15 ds. Her venerable hnsband was living comfortably, in 1881, 
with his son Charles T., in Greentield, a. about 84 yrs. No later 
report from him. 

[610.] Rev. Moses Ballou", Rev. David', Rev. Maturin', Peter', 
John", Matnrin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., May 21, 1811 ; m. Ahiteiut 
Datiuir'is (jrklduigt< of Hartford, Ct., dr. of Lorrain Giddings, b. 
Dec. 1, 1818 ; cer. June 8, 1837. Issue. — 

1973—1. Moses Giddings, b. Portsmontli, N. H., Jan. 8, 1846; d. Any. 1, 

1973—3. Mary Alnieua, b. Bridgeport, Ct., Dec. 8, '49; d. Jan. 30, 1850. 

Rev. Moses Ballou" was endowed by natural constitution, cul- 
ture, and spiritual inspiration, with very noble qualities. These 
rendered him eminently honorable to the Ballou race, as well as 
to his innnediate kindi-ed and all his associative relationships. His 
early years were spent on his father's homestead, amid the rough 
highlands of Monroe, Mass. At the age of seventeen years he 
was ap[)reiiticed to a cabinet maker in Brattlel)oro', Vt., with the 
understanding that he should be privileged to attend the Academy 
there three months in each year. This arrangement was only 
partially carried into effect, and* he was thrown on his own re- 
sources both for mental culture and a livelihood. After consider- 
able exertion at preparation, he commenced preaching as a Uni- 
versalist, in 1833 — delivering his first discourse in his native town. 
He itinerated for several months in Franklin Co., Mass., and 
Windham Co., Vt., and during 1834 received his letter of ecclesi- 
astical fellowsliip. He soon took charge of a small parish in 
Bath, N. H., and was ordained there in 1835. The next year he 

3vv\^. siL^^v^ S)oXWu^. 


accepted the ])astorslnp of tlie Universalist clmrcli aiul society iu 
Poi-tsiuoutli, N. H. He remained there until May 1, 1848 ; having 
meantime liecome a husband and father. He next took charg-e of 
the Fourth Universalist church in New York city, afterward pre- 
sided over by Eev. Dr. Chapin, biit he continued there only about 
two years. He yielded then to a very urgent recall of his peoi)le 
in Portsmouth, N. H., with whom he spent the next two years. 
His health now began to suffer impairment, and he was obliged 
to seek a milder climate. He therefore accepted a call to Bridge- 
port, Ct., where he enjoyed a successful pastorate of six years. 
He next passed two years as minister of the Universalist church 
in Hartford, Ct. Thence he removed to Philadelphia, Pa., and 
took past(5ral charge of the Second Universalist church in that 
city. His success and influential standing there are indicated in 
the following extracts fi-om an article in the P/iih/(l'/j)/rHi Siirulfiy 
T)hp<drl, of Nov. 20, 1858. 

" No one can hear Mr. Ballon preach without being greatly im- 
pressed with esteem for the man ; with a conviction of his own 
sincerity of belief in the doctrine he proclaims; and with a dispo- 
sition on the part of the hearer to view that doctrine at least char- 
itably and favorably. As a j)reacher Mr. Ballou's style possesses 
great earnestness, candor, and sincerity. He has a clear, calm 
and self-possessed delivery." "The natural consequence of all 
this is, that Mr. Ballou's church is a flourishing one, and his con- 
gregation large. The building is always w^ell filled by an atten- 
tive and interested audience." 

In May, 1859, he was invited to the Third Universalist church 
in New York city, where he labored prosperously for six years. 
His only son was now in Yale College, and to be near him he 
resigned his iiastorate in New York, and spent aliout two years in 
New Haven, Ct., supplying meantime the Universalist ])ulpit in 
that city. About the same period his wife spent over a year with 
her friends in a trip to Europe. Nov. 1, 18()G, found him again in 
Philadelphia, commencing another six years pastorate over his 
former church. At the expiration of this term, feeling the infirm- 
ities of age and precarious health, he finally gave up pastoral 
responsibilities, and retired to his comfortable summer residence 
at Atco, N. J. This was in 1872. But he still continued to preach 
more or less regularly in various places of his general vicinity, 
and assisted in organizing a small society near his residence, who 
built a chapel iu which he frequently conducted public worship. 
He was now, however, " a man of sorrow and acciuainted A^'ith 


grief." For while lie was yet in Pliiljidelpliia, he and his eom])an- 
ion were bereaved, in a most sudden, unexpected and distressing- 
manner, of their promising- son, Moses Cliddings Ballou, M. D. 
He was the pilLir of their earthly comfort and delight — their filial 
all. He had just completed his education, received his medical 
degree, and was on the eve of marriage to a lovely maiden. But 
in the summer of 1808, while spending a few weeks at Atlantic 
City, N. J., along with his mother, his fiancee, and her father, 
Joseph T. Vankirk, Esq., he and Mr. Vankirk were both drowned 
at their bathing- place. This overwhelming affliction to the sur- 
vivors took place on the 1st day of August. Thus the luminarj^ 
of the family was direfuUy hurled from the mortal firmament in a 
moment, leaving the woe stricken mourners to find consolation 
only in the assurance of his translation to the immortal realms. 
This blessed assurance was indeed theirs, and they made the 
most of it; but it could do no more than anneal them, by their 
desolation, for reunion with their loved one in the tearless country 
of the redeemed. No doul)t they bore their calamity with all the 
resignation, fortitude and hopefulness their great faith inspired. 
But we need not lift the domestic curtain, to see that this earthly 
life could never seem to them as before. Rev. Moses, as we have 
seen, resigned his pastorate at Philadelphia in 1872, took up his 
abode at Atco, N. J., and quietly piirsued his remaining labors as 
best he felt able. But the end soon came. As it drew near he 
often said, " I have no desire to live longer ; I wish to go home ; 
my faith sustains me. I hwir that my redeemer livetli ; I do not 
simply helieve, l)ut I have the evidence within, me. I know that I 
shall live again." 

Besides writing numerous articles for the Universalist Quarterly 
Review and various weekly publications of his denomination, he 
was the author of a biographical work entitled, "Memorial of San- 
ford^ — a sketch of the life, with extracts from the writings, of Rev. 
IMerritt Sanford " ; pub. in 1850, 250 pp. In 1854 he sent forth 
from the press his most imi^ortant work, A Review of Rev. Dr. 
Edward Beecher's celebrated " Conflict of Ages," entitled, " The 
Divine Character Vindicated," a vol. of 412 pp. This is a pro- 
duction of eminent and acknowledg-ed merit. It is proper here to 
state tliat, during- his residence at Atco, N. J., he Avas a liberal 
contrilmtor of genealogical information, respecting- his own and 
kindred families, for this work, then lieing in preliminary process 
by Ira B. Peck, Esq., and of which, in a maturer stage, very con- 
venient use lias been made. A published sketch of his life and 


character snininaidly says. — " In private life Mr. Ballon was most 
genial and cordial. He had a very tender heart and a noble, gen- 
erons and niagnanimons nature, which gained him many strong 
friends, who both loved and honored him. He was endowed with 
personal mag'netism which attracted the old and the young, the 
wise and ig-norant, the hap])y and the sorrowful. All welcomed 
him gladly to their society, and foun'd pleasure, profit and instruc- 
tion in his conversation." " He was a very al)le, impressive and 
eloquent preacher. He had a dignified and commanding pres- 
ence. His voice was clear and pleasant, and thrilling in its deep 
fervor, and when most interested in his subject, he had a lofty 
eloquence^ which elevated his hearers above all earthly things, 
and ht>ld them spell-bound." He d. in Atco, N. J., May 19, 1879, 
in the beginning of his 69tli yr. To him 

" Death was Vnit 
A kind and gentle servant who unlocks, 
With noiseless hand, life's flower encircled door, 
To show us those we love." 

Mrs. Almena, his every way worthy consort, was still surviving 
at our last advices, a lonely remnant of translated 1ov(m1 ones 
calmly Avaiting to join them on " the shining' shore." 

[Gil.] John Ballou", Eev. David', Kev. Maturin', Peter", John", 
Maturin'; b. in Monroe, Mass., Mar. IG, 1813; m. 1st Il<inn<(li 
Jldi'Kf Jlicks of Eeadsboroug-h, Yt. ; parentag-e, ttc, not given ; 
cer. May 1, 183,5. Issue.— 

1974—1. Hannah Mary, b. Feh. 4, 1830; d. in Aug. 183G. 

The mother d. soon after her child, in 1836, and the husband m. 
2d Mary Wtf^hhunt Ballon, eldest dr. of Rev. Hosea Faxon Bal- 
lon, b. in said Monroe, Jan. 4. 1818; cer. Jan. 1, 1837. Issue.— 

11)75— 2. Winslow Faxon, h. Oct. 10, 1887; m. Hattie 8abriua Northroi). 

1!)7()— 3. Mary Almena, b. Dec. 30, '38; d. June 10, 1840. 

1!)77— 4. Horace Berthier, b. Mar. 2, '40; m. Pamelia Atwood Laha. 

11)78— .5. Hiram Murray, b. Dec. 13, '41; d. Dec. 5, 1842. 

19711- (i. Albert Murray, b. Sept. 28, '43; d. Mar. 7, 1865. 

1980— 7. William Arthur, b. Sept. 29, '45; d. Nov. 5, 18()4. 

li)Si— 8. John Tyler, b. Oct. 16, '47; d. Feb. 17, 18G9. 

1982— 9. George Moses, b. Jan. 13, '50; u. m. 1873. 

1983—10. Massena Hosea, b. Apl. 10, '52; " " 

1984—11. David, b. Aug. 3, '64; d. Sept. 20, 1864. 

The four oldest of the above named chn. are understood to have 
been b. in Monroe, Mass., and the others in the adjacent toAvn of 


Eowe. Soon after the death of his father, Eev. David Bahou, iu 
1840, John"' removed to Rowe, Mass., taking- along with him, in 
dutifnl care, as one of his family, his widowed mother, to see her 
through life. There he established himself in a permanent home. 
He was a very enterprising and worthy man. For many years he 
was proprietor of a stagfe coach, which he drove regularly between 
Eowe and Greeutield, Mass. But his health partially failed him, 
and he purchased a country store, connecting with its business 
that of a merchant tailor. About 1850 he was appointed Post- 
master, and continued for a long time in the faithful discharge of 
his official duties in that position. A reliable correspondent said 
of him. — "Few men in that mountain region are more heartily 
respected than he is, or have led a more huml)le and upright 

[612.] Chloe Tyler Ballou", Eev. David', Rev. Maturiu', 
Peter'*, John', Matiirin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., June 1, 1815; m. 
Joseph Biirher, M. D. ; jiarentage and birth-date not given ; cer. 
Aug. 22, 1833. Dr. Barber was a reg-ularly educated physician, a 
native of Charlemont, Mass., a man of good talents and capabili- 
ties, but an utter skeptic in religion. As such, after the death of 
his first wife, he went into the family of Eev. David Ballon, Chloe's 
father. There he became a convert to Universalism, and at length 
one of its devoted ministers. He had pastorates over several Uni- 
versalist societies in Mass., N. H., and Vt., and is now sett, in 
Alstead, N. H. Of this mge. with Chloe T. Ballon, the issue was 
two livino' chn. — 


108')— 1. Au.ffusta Cbloe Barber, h. May 2, 1840; m. Gilbert B. Lamb. 
1980— 2. William Moses Barber, b. Jau. 3, '47. 

Augusta C Barber w\as b. in Swanzey, N. H., and William M. 
in Alstead, N. H. Their excellent mother d. of consumption in 
Dudley, Mass., Sept. 28, 1859, a. 44 ja'S. 2 mos. and 27 ds. There 
her husband w\as then pastor. He subsequently married again, 
but w^e need not further trace his family record. 

[613.] Matuein Ballou", Nathan", Eev. Maturin', Peter", John^ 
Maturin'; 1). in Eichmond, N. H., Mar. 19, 1788; m. 1st Polly 
K'nKjsley, dr. of Elisha Kingsley, b. Mar. 19, 1787 ; cer. May, 
1808. Issue.— 

1*)87— 1. Matiu-iu, b. Dee. 12, 1808; .1. Sept. 1814. 

1988— 2. Lnciua, b. Feb. 22, '10; m. Dennis Thayer, Clarksbnrg, Mass. 

1989— 3. Emily, b. June 2, '11; ni. William Sanford; d. 1838. 


1990— 4. Emerson, 1). June 1-5, 1812; suppcwiul lost ut sou, 1808, u. m. 

1991_ 5. Cyrus, 1). Oct. 12, '113; m. Lucretia Browu, Mouroo, Mass. 

19i)2- (J. Elmiuu \ . ' 1.. June 1, '15; d. Sept. 8, 1829. 

191)8-7. Soi.lmia)^'"""'!.. " " " d. Sept. -, 1884. 

1994— 8. Miituriu, Jr., b. Ai)l. 24, '17; m. Harriet Sant'ord. 

199r,— 9. Leonard, b. Feb. 18, '19; d. u. ni. Aug-. 14, 1844. 

1990—10. Fanny, b. May — , '20; d. soon after birth. 

1997—11. Hosea, b. June 17, '21; ni. Harriet Griswold 1845. 

1998—12. Leavitt, b. Nov. 11, '22; d. u. m. in Australia. 

1999—18. Willard, b. May 9, '24; m. Elizabeth H. Haynes 1847. 

2000—14. Emory, b. Feb. 18, '20; m. Emily A. Butler, Crystal Lake, HI. 

2001—15. Infant, b. Aug. — , '27; d. same month. 

2002—10. Mary Aurilla, b. May 18, '82; m. Albert D. Clark 1849. 

It appears tliat tliese sixteen clin. were all b. iii Monroe, Mass. 
Their patient, loug--sulieriug' and devoted mother snnk at lenii'th 
into consumption, and d. Feb. 4, 1841, tenderly loved, venerated 
and lamented 1)}^ her family and numerous a|)preciative friends. 
The husband and father subsequently m. 2d Jlaiyaret iL^-akiiw, of 
Westford, Mass., dr. of Zephaniah Bowen of Richmond, N. H., 
wid. of Walter Erskine, b. May 15, 1802; cer. Nov. 1845. They 
had no chn. Meantime Maturin'' had removed to Wliitingham, 
Vt. There he continued to dwell until after the death of Mrs. 
Margaret, his 2d wife, which took jilace Jan. 9, 1858. He then 
removed to North Adams, Mass., and made his principal home in 
the family of his sou AVillard, where he d. Aug. 6, 18G7. Mrs. 
Willard Ballon', writing- to Mr. Peck, under date of Jan. I), 1874, 
thus speaks of her father-in-law. — "For many years I was a mem- 
ber of his family, and during his months of sickness which termin- 
ated in death, I was his attendant. I think I knew him as few did. 
Until the last few years of his life, he enjoyed good health. He 
was possessed of a sound mind, and integrity of character. In 
his social relations, and especially as a father, I know not how to 
speak of him as I would. Tender and affectionate as a mother 
could be, he was yet firm and decided in his disapproval of what 
he thought wrong. I have wondered at his success in governing 
his children. They had no slavish fear; for he was always mild, 
and never but in one instance inflicted punishment. A look fi-om 
him would secure obedience from any child of his. Love was the 
moving power. He was always cheerful, and would nt)t let busi- 
ness worry him. During the last few years of his life, after he 
had ceased to labor, he read much of the time — greatly enjoying 
his uncle Hosea's writings. He was a firm believer in universal 
salvation, and desired to live at peace with all mankind. Though 


gone to liis rest, liis good examples, advice and afiectionate treat- 
ment of his children will live in their memory while life lasts." 

[614:.] LydIxV Ballou", Nathan', &g., d. at an age not given, 
perhaps young. 

[615.] Polly Ballou", Nathan', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Eichinond, N. H., Apl. 11, 171)2; m. Iisanc Staford 
of Monroe, Mass., son of Thomas Stafford, Sen. No date of cer. 
Issue. — 

2008 — 1. Isaac Ballon Stallord, birth dateless. 

2004—2. Husea BuUou StaU'Di-d, " " 

2005—3. James Ballon Statibrd, " " 

2000—4. Nathan Ballon StaHbrd, " 

Mrs. Polly" d. in Monroe, Mass., Feb. 6, 1839, a. 46 yrs. 9 mos. 
and 23 ds. This family is no further traced. 

[616.] UiiANA Ballou", Nathan", c'cc, d. u. m. at an age not in- 

[617.] Olive Ballou'"', Nathan", Eev. Maturing Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Eichmond, N. H., Mar. 26, 1797; m. Jediit/uw 
dlubei'tfi of Monroe, Mass. No date of cer. Issue. — 

2007-1. Mary Koherts, birth dateless. 

2008—2. Nancy Roberts, " 

2009—8. Sylvania Eoberts, " 

2010—4. Nathan Roberts, " " Nothing more. No fnrther traced. 

[(]18.J Anna Ballou", Nathan', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Eichmond, N. H., Apl. 11, 1799 ; m. Martin Brintit 
of Monroe, Mass. This descent will be found fully traced under 
the name of Martin Briant'. See No. [1878], &c. 

' [619.] HosEA Ballou", Nathan', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Eichmond, N. H., Aug. 18, 1800; m. Lr/dia JL'uies 
of Monroe, Mass., dr. of Thomas Hines, Esq., b. in Guilford, Vt., 
Mar. 7, 1803; cer. in Eeadsboro', Vt., Feb. 16, 1823, by Henry 
Holbrook, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Monroe. — 

2011—1. Hosea Gilbert, b. Jnne 27, 1824; m. Miriam Hinsdale. 

2012—2. Rnssell Arnold, 1). Jnne 14, '27; m. 1st Harriet Eliza Ballon, kc. 

2013 — 3. Stephen rlettV'rsou, b. Jan. 27, '32; m. Lneinda Bnllard. 

2014—4. Lanra Ann, 1). Ang. 26, '33; m. 1st Dr. Danforth Whiting, &c. 

Hosea Ballou' resided many years in AV'estern Massachusetts, 
engaged in agricultural pursuits. Later he dwelt awhile in Au- 



g-usta, Me., and toi' the last ten years of his earthly life in Concord, 
Mass. He possessed the g-ood sense and sterling- integrity which 
characterized the earlier Ballous of his lineage, though without 
attaining the celebrity which distinguished some of them. He 
did not asjjire to worldly dignity or power, yet held various posi- 
tions of public trust and responsibility, as urged upon him. He 
was modest and retiring — content with the society of the few 
friends who knew him well, and the higher enjoyment of the home 
circle. Thus he ri])ened into the serenity of a happy old age, and 
his last days were his l)est. He d. in Concord, Mass., Nov. 15, 
1880, a, 80 yrs. 3 mos. and 28 ds. His widowed consort, every 
way worthy of him, still survives in a green old age of over 84 yrs. 
She res. in C/oncord, Mass. 

[620.] Fanny Ballou", Nathan', Rev. Maturing Peter', John"', 
Maturin'; b. in Eichmond, N. H., June 5, 1802; m. Charles JJn/t- 
Inif oi Monroe, Mass., b. Dec. 7, 1802; cer. in said Monroe at a 
date not given. Issue. — 

2015—1. Charles Edwin Dunbar, b. May 33, 1S2(); m. 1st in Vt. ; untraced. 

3016--->. Henry Miles Duubar, b. Sept. 14, '29; m. Melissa Truedell. 

2017—8. Alanson Prosper Duubar, b. Nov. 21, '34; d. Oet. 21), 188G. 

2018 — 4. Alexander L. Dunbar, b. Nov. 20, '8(5; went to Sacramento, Cal. ; 


2019 — 5. Natlian Kansom Dunbar, b. Jan. 14, '40; untraced. 

2020—6. William Kiley Duubar, 1). July 17, '42; untraced. 

2021—7. Fanny L. Dunbar, b. Aug. 14, '45; d. Aug. 14, 1847. 

2022 — 8. Nancy F. Dunbar, b. July 21, '49; m. Ketchum; untraced. 

We cannot find among our papers any data relating to the occu- 
pation or character of Fanny (Ballon) Dunljar" and husband. We 
presume they lived and died worthy, hard toiling agriculturists in 
Monroe, Mass. She d. Nov. 23, 1860, a. 58 yrs. 5 mos. and 18 ds. 
He d. Nov. 18, 1880, a. 77 yrs. 11 mos. and 11 ds. Only one of 
tlieir clin., Henry M,,' will l)e further traced. 

[621.] Lavina Ballou", Nathan", Rev. Maturing Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., Apl. 6, 1804 ; m. Aniasa Mason 
Bart, b. in Williamstown, Mass., Apl. 25, 1707 ; cer. in Reads- 
boro', Vt., 1827. Issue.— 

2028— 1. Josepli Cooley Burt, b. Monroe, Mass., Oct. 2, 1828; m. Martha 
M. Willey. 

2024— 2. Josephine Burt, b. Pownal, Vt., Aug. 15, '29; m. Nicholas New- 


2025— 8. Margaret Maria Burt, b. Pownal, Vt., Nov. 80, '80; m. Moses 




2036— 4. Mary Abigail Burt, b. Pownal, Vt., Dec. 2, 1833; d. n. m. 1857. 

2037— 5. Amasa Mason Burt, Jr., b. Hoosick, N. Y., Oct. t), '34; m. Mary 

E. Brady. 

2038— 6. J(_)hii Simpson Burt, b. Shaftsbury, Vt., Aug'. 5, '30; m. Mary J. 

8039— 7. Nancy Elvira Burt, 1). Bennington, Vt., Dec. 18, '38; m. Charles 

H. Titus. 
3030— 8. Mattliew Stone Burt, b. Readsboro', Oct. 35, '43; d. Apl. 11, 1849. 
2031— 9. Napoleon Burt, b. Stamford, Vt., Oct. 5, '44; m. Lovisa Har- 

2032—10. Vinie Burt, b. Stamford, Vt., Apl. 10, '47; m. Nathan E. Bishop. 

Occui)ati(jn, cliuracteristics and experiences not furnished. Pre- 
sumed to have been a worthy connubial pair. The husband d. in 
North Adams, Mass., Aug'. 25, 18G3, of heart disease, on his 66th 
birthday. Mrs. Laviua", alias Yinie, understood to be still sur- 
viving in Delphos, Kansas. 

[622.] Leafy Ballou", Nathan', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., Feb. -A, 1806; m. Allen Harris of 
Stamford, Vt.. at a date not given. She d. July 10, 1828, a. 22 yrs. 
5 mos. and 12 ds. No more told. 

[623.] Nathan Ballou", Nathan', Eev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., Apl. 11, 1808 ; m. Orilla Bhhop 
of Readsborougii, Vt., dr. of Joy Bishop, Sen. No date of cer. 
g-iven. No issue. Nathan Ballou" d. in Eeadsboro', Vt., at an 
unreported date. 

[621.] Nancy Ballou", Nathan', Kev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. Monroe, Mass., June 1, 1811; m. Ehoii Bishop of 
Beadsborough, Vt., son of Joy Bishop; cer. Nov. 15, 1829. Issue, 
all b. in said Beadsboro', omitting 2 nameless dead infants. — 

2033—1. Elson Spencer Bishop, b. Jan. 28, 1833; m. 1st M. C. P. Stafford, 

2d E. L. Young. 
2034—2. Nancy Elvira Bishop, b. May 17, '35; m. Salem T. Thayer. 
2035—3. Simeon M. Bishop, 1). July 27, '37; m. A. B. Briant Sept. 13, 18(37. 
303(5—4. Mary Abigail Bishop, b. July 16, '39; d. young. 
2037—5. Nathan Edwin Bishop, b. June 13, '44; m. Vinie Burt. 

We presume Nancy" and husband were worthies of the agri- 
cultural class. He was living in 1881 in Blackington, Mass. She 
d. in Beadsboro', Vt., Dec. 20, 1853, a. 42 yrs. 6 mos. and 9 ds. 

[625.] Elvira Ballou", youngest child of Nathan', kc, b. in 
Monroe, Mass., July 1, 1811 ; d. u. m. Nov. 9, 1833, a. 19 yrs. 1 
mos. and 8 ds. 


[()2().] Job Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon', Eev. Matnrin', 
Peter', John', Matnrin'; b. in Kichniond, N. H., Mar. 23, 1783 ; m. 
Rehecca K. Jenrkn of No. Providence, R. I., dr. of Levi Jencks, 
birth-date not "iven ; cer. in Providence, R. I., Sept. 30, 1810. 
Issne, nnderstood to have been b. in Albany, N. York. — 

2038 — 1. Louisa Amanda Wlioaton, b. Nov. 10, ISll; m. George R. Key- 

mer Nov. 28, 1881. 

Caleb Strong- Wlieaton, b. ; d. young. 

William Smith Wlieaton, b. June i), '1(3; m. Susanna Hibbard 

Sept. 3, 1851. 
Josei)h Wlieaton, b. May 3, '18; ni. Maria L. Wood Oct. 25, 1840. 
Emily Wlieaton, b — ; d. Mar. 8, 1881. 

Job Wlieaton* was a carpenter l)y trade, and lived in Alliany, 
N. Y. No one has favored ns with a sketch of his l)iog"ra])liy, but 
we presume his characteristics deserved a good record. It has 
been with considerable difficulty that Ave have obtained the little 
we here present concerning- himself, wife and family. We ex- 
pected more, but failed to receive it. We presume that he d. in 
No. Providence, R. I., but have not the date. Mrs. Rebecca d. 
Aus-. 14, 1852. 






[G27.] Chakles Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon ', Rev. Ma- 
tnrin", Peter", John", Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 18, 
1785 ; m. 1st rrhdlla Jillson, dr. of ITriah and Elizabeth (Clark) 
Jillson, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 1, 1774; cer. in said Cum- 
berland Dec. 2, 1810, by Levin Bartlett, J. P. Issue — an infant of 
few days and unnamed. Mrs. Priscilla d. in CUimlierland, R. L, 
Oct. 24, 1820. Subsequently Charles" m. 2d Content Jlcndrick. 
No issue. She d. Dec. 3, 1840. We personally knew Charles 
Wlieaton". He was a respectable carpenter by occupation, a 
quiet, orderly citizen, and a worthy man in all the relations of life. 
He d. on his Cumberland homestead May 30, 1851, a. GG yrs. 3 
mos. and 12 ds. 

[G28.] Matuein Wheaton''', INIoses and Sarah Ballon'', Rev. 
Maturin', Peter", John'", Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Nov. 7, 
1787; d. u. m. place and date of his death not given. Profound 
silence broods over his memory. 

[G29.] Sarah Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon', Rev. Matu- 
rin', Peter', John', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., July 27, 1788; 
d. u. m. Same comment appropriate as in herbro. Maturin's case. 


[630.] Moses Ballou Wheaton'', Moses and Sarah Ballon', 
Bev. Matniin', Peter', John'"', Matnrin'; b. in Bichraoud, N. H., 
Sept. !); 1790; ni. 2I(iry Ahlridt, dr. of Nathaniel, Esq., and Cleo- 
patra (Bamsdell) Aldiich, b. in Bichmond, N. H., Sept. 24, 1794; 
cer. Nov. 26, 1812. Issue, understood to have been mostly b. in 
Jackson, Susquehanna Co., Pa. — 

2043— 1. Julia Ann Wlieatou, V). June 28, 1813, m. Horace Aldricli June 

8, 183(5. 

2044— 2. Laura Ann Wheaton, 1). Nov. 25, '14; m. Emery Larabee Dec. 

22, 1835. 

2045— 3. Mary Elvira Wlieaton, b. Oct. 7, '16; m. 1st Pearley Potter, 2cl 

0. Lamb. 
304()— 4. Festina Loanza Wheaton, V). Aug. 25, '18; m. Merrick T. Whit- 
ney Nov. 26, 1842. 

2047— 5. Lydia Maria Wheaton, b. Dec. 30, '10; m. Elias Bryant Sept. 9, 


2048— 6. Washington Warren Wheaton, b. Aug. 7, '21; m. Elizabeth 

Bowen Jan. 6, 1850. 
oo4<)_'7. William Windsor Wheaton, li. Mar. 9, '23; m. 1st C. E. Whea- 
ton, 2d J. Card. 

2050— 8. Almeda EHza Wheaton, b. Dee. 17, '24; m. 1st H. Benson, 2d 

H. P. Crary. 

2051— 9. Thomas Jefferson Wheaton, b. Mar. 29, '26; m. Maria T. Wood- 

2052—10. Cleopatra Pauline Wheatim, b. not given; d. Apl. 30, 1845. 
2053—11. Catherine Melissa Wheaton, 1). Jirne 15, '30; m. Velosco Wliit- 

ney Dee. 1852. 
2054—12. Nancy Ann Wheaton, 1). July 5, '32; m. William Holmes 1853. 
2055—13. Harah Jane Wheaton, b. not given; d. July 23, 1838. 
2050—14. Lemira Albina Wheaton, b. Sept. 15, '37; m. Stephen Jenkins. 

Moses" originally had no middle name, being called Moses, Jr. 
But he got it changed by legislative act to Moses Ballou Whea- 
ton. He is understood to have removed from Bichmond, N. H., 
and settled in Jackson, Pa., soon after marriage — certainly as 
early as 1815. He was a cooper by trade, but proli. more or less 
a cultivator of the soil. He inherited good physique and mental 
stamina from both sides of his parentage. And so did his wife. 
They reared their large family well, and left a good memory. 
Their three sons all became quite prominent M. Ds. Moses Bal- 
lou Wheaton" d. in Jackson, Pa., Dec. 9, 1860, a. 70 yrs. and 3 mos. 
Mrs. Mary, his wid., d. there Feb. 20, 1875, a. 80 yrs. 6 mos. and 
24 ds. 

[631.] Silas Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballou', Bev. Matu- 
riu', Peter", John', Maturin'; b. in Bichmond, N. H., June 15, 


1792. He d. u. in., but where or when we get no hint as yet from 
any of his rehitions. 

[032.] Eev. Asa Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon', Eev. 
Matnrin', Peter', John", Matnrin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Jnly 3, 
1794; d. u. ni., June 23, 1823, a. 30 yrs. 11 mos. and 20 ds. The 
writer was somewhat personally acquainted with Rev. Asa Wliea- 
tan, and ministered at his funeral. He is understood to have pre- 
pared himself for the Universalist ministry, under the tuition of 
his uncle, Rev. Hosea Ballon. What preliminary studies he had 
pursued, or how he had passed his youth and early manhood, we 
do not recollect having- been told. He had not been settled and 
had preached but a few times. Consumption fastened itself upon 
him, and he died, after some weeks of confinement, at his brother 
Charles Wheaton's in Cumberland, R. I. There his funeral ser- 
vices were held, and there, in a little family cemetery on his 
brother's homestead, his mortal remains repose. So far as we 
know, ever heard, or have reason to believe, he deserved a memo- 
rial among- the just. 

[033.] IiiA Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon", Rev. IVIaturin', 
Peter", John', Matnrin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Oct. 1, 1790; m. 
his cousin, Barhrmi Bdllrni, dr. of Stephen and Ruth (Slater) Bal- 
lon, b. in Wardsborough, Yt., Apl. 10, 1799 ; cer. prob. in Preston, 
Chenango Co.,N. Y., in bride's 20th year; which must be in either 
1818 or 1819. Issue.— 

3057—1. Barbara Alcista TMieaton, b. McDonougb, N. Y., Nov. 14, 1820; 

m. Ira Newman, etc. 
2058—2. Cassandana Ruth Wheaton, h. McDonoush, N. Y., Jan. 1, 1833; 

m. Dr. W. W. Wheaton. 
2059—8. Stephen Ballon Wheaton, b. Newark, N. Y., June 38, '37; d. u. m. 
20G0— 4. Ira Wheaton, Jr., b. Newark, N. Y., Nov. 15, '29; m. Olive Merritt. 
2061—5. Myron Wheaton, b. Owego, N. Y., Oct. 13, '35; m. Jane Evans. 

Mrs. Barbara" was b. in Wardsborough, Yt., whence she was 
taken with her father's family to Rowe, Mass., and thence, at the 
age of 12 yrs., to Preston, Chenango Co., N. Y. There, or in the 
near vicinity, she became the wife of her cousin, Ira Wheaton" in 
her 20th yr. Ira" was a trained shoemaker by mechanical occupa- 
tion, but more generally applied himself to farming. They had 
six chn. one of whom d. in early infancy, and is not mentioned in 
the above specification. It appears from the birthplaces of the 
survivors that the jiarents dwelt successively in the towns of Mc- 


Douougli, Newark, aud Oweo'o, N. Y. In 1837 they settled iu 
Warren, Bradford Co., Pa., a then new and sparsely populated 
section of the country. Finally,, when he was in his 78th yr. and 
she in her 70tli, they took n\) their abode with their son, Dr. Myron 
Wheaton, in Rome, Bradford Qo., Pa. There Ira' d. in 1874 or 
'75. And there Mrs. Barbara d. in 1870, a. about 77 yrs. 

[034.] Lydia Peatt Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballou', Piev. 
Maturing Peter", John' Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., May 11, 
1799; m. Lemuel rVif/^/wf (Philip, Charles, Banfield, Baniield),b. in 
Cumberland, P. I., May 27, 1789; cer. in Blackstone, Mass., Sept. 
23, 1833, by Alexander Ballou, J. P. Issue, the eldest two b. in 
Cumberland, P. I., and the youngest in Glocester, R. I.— 

3063—1. Cassandaua Capron, b. July 16, 1834; d. in Providence, E. I., 1839. 
3063—3. Sarah Ann Cain'on, b. Mar. 18, '36; u. m. at last advices. 

3. Unnamed infant, b. ; d. in Glocester, R. I., a. 3 weeks. 

Lydia Pratt Wheaton'', left Richmond, N. H., at 14 yrs. of ag-e, 
and came to R, I., where she ever afterward resided. We recol- 
lect her as a reputable young- woman, more or less domiciliated 
at her brother Charles Wheaton's, in Cumberland, R. I. We had 
a general acquaintance also with her husband, Lemuel Capron, 
and the Capron families, — respectable people, mostly enerprising 
farmers. Lydia" was the 2d wife of Lemuel. They dAvelt success- 
ively, in Cumberland, Providence and Glocester, R. I., at which 
last named place they both died. She d. Apl. 7, 1850; aud he 
Jidy 2C), 18G0. 

[035.] Betsey Dixon Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballou', Rev. 
Maturin", Peter", John'', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Mar. 
17, 1801 ; m. Jonathan Slater of Preston, N. Y., b. May 7., 1793 ; 
cer. at a date not ascertained. Issue. — 

3064—1. Perry Slater, b. Nov. 3, 1836; m. IstM. Ingersoll, 3d E. Waggoner. 
3065—3. Julia Slater, b. Nov. 18, '38; m. David S. Chandler. 

Mary Slater, b. Sept. 1, '30; res. in Sparta, 111. 

Albert Slater, b. May 33, '34; m. Emeline E. Nye May 10, 1859. 

Kirklin Slater, b. Apl. 8, '38; m. Catherine B. Mechlin Dec. 30, 

Susan Slater, b. Nov. 33, '39; m. Franklin O. Ro])erts Jan. 7, 1873. 

Benjamin Slater, b. Oct. 14, '41; m. Esther Hadley July 1, 1869. 

Just where these children were b. we do not clearly understand 
— perha])S in Elling-ton, N. Y., long- the home of the parents. Oc- 
cupation and characteristics not told ; presumed to be fair. Mrs. 







Betsey" d. in Ellington, N. Y., Jnly 80, 1853, a. 52 yrs. 1 mos. and 
13 ds. Jonathan Slater d. in Sparta, 111., Sept. 21, 1873, a. 80 yrs. 
4 mos. and 11 ds. 

[636.J Lemiua Faxon Wheaton', Moses and Sarah Ballon", 
Key. Matnrin', Peter"*, John", Matnrin'; b. in Kichmond, N. H., 
Jnly 20, 1803 ; in. Nuihardel Dennij of Herrick, Pa. ; cer. at a date 
not ascertained. Issue. — 

2071—1. Ori)liiu Demiy, b. 
2072—2. Juliii Denny, b. 
2073 — '6. Laura Denny, b. 

We are told that these Denny cousins reside in Susquehanna 
Co., Pa. ; and prob. they have families. But we knew not how 
to reach them to obtain their full records, and have therefore 
made no attemi)t to trace them. We find a memorandum among- 
our papers, that their mother, Mrs. Lendra Faxon (Wheaton) 
Denny", d. in Thompson, Sustpiehaniia Co., Pa., 1801, a. about (il 
yrs. Of her husband, Mr. Nathaniel Denny, Ave have gained no 
intelligence. So we close this descent. 


[637.] Jesse W^heaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon', Rev. Ma- 
turing Peter', John'% Maturin' ; b. in Ilichmond, N. H., Nov. 18, 
1800. His story, as g-iveii us, is a brief one. He seems to have 
found a home with his kind brother Charles in Cumberland, R. I., 
and to have aspired to the attainment of a g"ood practical educa- 
tion. He Avas a diligent and ai)proved student, in his ripening- 
youth, of the Cumberland Hill Academy, so called, then the high- 
est seminary in that town. We find hints that he prepared him- 
self for the calling of an architect, and actually set up as such in 
Dedham, Mass. But this is not so well corroborated as we could 
Avish. It has been asserted that he d. in Dedham. We have it, 
hoAvever, from an intelligent niece of his, that she never heard of 
him as a resident in Dedli;im, and ahvays understood that he d. 
at the home of his bro. Charles. And she knoAvs, from his gravt;- 
stone, that his remains Avere buried in the little cemetery near that 
home, by the side of his bro. Asa's and mother's. His death-date 
is Apl. 2, 1828, making- his a. 21 yrs. 4 mos. and 14 ds. 

[638.] Rev. James Wheaton', Moses and Sarah Ballon', Rev. 
Maturin', Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Jan. 
18, 1808; m. 1st Ahiunt A. Tingle;/, dr. of Benjamin and Polly 


(Gould) Ting-ley, b. in Cninberland, R. I., Oct. 10, 1809 ; cer. in 
said Cnmbeiiand Sept. 27, 1830. Issue. — 

2074—1. Siinili Wlieatou, b. Cnmberlaud, R. I., Sept. m, 1881; ni. Eliab 

D. Whipple. 
3075—3. Eliza C. Wlieaton, b. Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 13, '83; d. July I'J, 

307G— 3. Almira E. Wlieatou, b. Douglas, Mass., Apl. 2^), '37; in. Whipple 

O. Chilson. 

Mrs. Almira d. in Douglas, Mass., Apl. 27, 1837. Rev. James' 
m. 2d Catherine F. Clai'k of Rochester, Mass. ; cer. Aug. 19, 1839, 
l)y Rev. Pliny Britt. Issue. — 

3077 — 4. Elisha James Wlieatou, 1). Scituate, Mass., Juue 34, 1843; m. J, 

Mrs. Catherine d. in Shutesbury, Mass., Jan. 8, 1847. The hus- 
band m. 3d Lucy 0. Wilder of Greenwich, Mass., July 4, 1848. 
No issue ; but they ado^ited a son, called — 

3078—5. Clarence A. Wheatou, b. Oct. 10, 1855. 

Rev. James Wlieaton" was the youngest of 13 (;hn. Early in 
life he became deeply interested in religion, joined the Methodist 
ch., and later felt called to the work of the nunistry. He had been 
trained on the shoemaker's bench, and was a skillful custom work- 
man — an avocation to which he betook himself cheerfully through 
life whenever occasion required. But preaching the gospel was 
his devoted work. He was a local preacher for awhile, first in 
Biirrillville, R. I., and later in Thompson, Ct. After joining the 
Conference, he was ordained in Mar. 1839. He was successively 
stationed in Wareham, Rochester, Milford, Taunton, Scituate, East 
liridgewater, Ware and Prescott, Mass. He was later employed 
as a home missionary to found churches in waste places — a service 
in which he greatly delighted. He labored thus in Shutesbury, 
Montague, Wendell, Erving, Warwick, and other towns of Mass. 
Still later, when his declining health obliged him to give up Con- 
ference appointments, he preached still more at large — supplying 
vacant pulpits of various denominations in Wendell, New Salem 
and Orange, Mass. ; yet remaining a Methodist to the end of his 
life. His eldest daughter, Mrs. Eliab T. Whipi)le, now of West 
Wrentham, Mass., from whom we have ol)tained his family record 
and biographical summary, says of him.— 

" He was a faithful and earnest preaclier, and quite successful. 
He despised sectarianism, and was always ready to fellowship 


Chnstians of whatever nmtie." "Nothing' would iiidiice biin to 
set a price on his niiuisteiial hil)ors. He worked for the Lord, 
and for the good of his felloAv-nien ; trusting- Providence and the 
hberaHt}^ of his parishioners for sustenance. Neither w^as he afraid 
to hibor with his hands. When his salary came short, he fell back 
on the trade which he learned in boyhood — custom shoemaking 
in all its various branches — wherein he excelled. Though poor 
in worldly goods, he was rich in heavenly things. No one ever 
enjoyed life better than he. All his real wants were supplied — 
sometimes in very unexpected w^ays. He was very pleasant in his 
family, though firm in discipline. He was sympathetic in his 
nature, and his kindness of heart extended even to the brute 
creation. For example : Once some of the neighboring boys set 
traps for squirrels under some nut trees near our house ; when he 
gave each boy a piece of money to carry their traps away and set 
them there no more. He said he got his money's worth by seeing 
the squirrels frisk about unmolested. 

One day near the close of his hfe, his wife remarked that she 
did not think Mr. Wheaton had an enemy in the world. ' Ah ! ' 
said he, ' I think the Initchers don't like me very well.' He had 
remonstrated with them against killing on the Sabbath. As talk- 
ing did no good, he formed a i)lan to stop it, and got another min- 
ister to help him carry it out. The plan was this : they went fiom 
house to house, and got the people to agree to buy no meat on 
Monday, but lay in enough on Saturday to last till Tuesday. The 
plan was a success. The butchers did not like it, but even they 
were not eiwiiiies to him. He once had a farm, with dwelling 
house and other buildings, given to him, on condition that he 
should always live there. As that would interfere with his preach- 
ing the gospel, he would not accept it ; which shows how" much 
his heart was in his work. 

On the day of his funeral, an old man said, ' I have known Mr. 
Wheaton over 30 yrs., and I never saw another man so honest as 
he." He passed aAvay as happy and peaceful as he had lived." 

He d. in Orange, Mass., Sept. 2, 1870. Mrs. Lucy, his 3d wife, 
d. in the same town Apl. 10, 1881. Nothing has been reported to 
us of the character of his three Avives, but our trust is that they 
were worthy of so good a husband. 

[(J39.] Eebecca Ballou", Stephen ', Eev. Maturing Peter', John", 
Maturin'; b. prob. in Wardsborough, Vt., Oct. 3, 1794; m. 1st 
(unfortunately) Daniel JIlx, from whom she soon legally separated, 



aucl m. 2(1 Ol'ircr Stone, said to be a native of New Loudon, Ct. ; 
cer. not dated. Issue. — 

2079 — 1. Hosea Ballou Stone, b. not given; m. and lias a family. 
2080 — 2. Lodena Stone, b. not given; m. James Wheat. 

3. Name not learned, b. not given; d. young, as inferred. 

Notwithstanding- lier unfortunate mg-e. in 1810, at tlie early age 
of sixteen years, caused lier much trouble, and had to be abro- 
gated, she seems to have been happy in her second connection. 
It is understood that Oliver and Rebecca (Ballou) Stone had their 
principal, if not only, married home in West Newark, Tioga Co., 
N. Y. It is presumed that their chii. were b. there ; though of 
this our meagre information does not render us certain. Mr. 
Stone was a carpenter and joiner. We are not certified of his 
character, but that she " was one of the salt of the earth." She d. 
Sept. 28, 1871 ; Mr. Stone m. 2d his 1st wife's Avidowed sister, Try- 
phosa (Ballou) Chittenden. He d. in 1879. 

[G12.] Barbara Ballou', Stephen", Rev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Wardsborough, Vt., April 16, 1799; m. lr<i W/iea- 
ton, her cousin, son of Moses and Sarah (Ballou) Wheaton, b. in 
Kichmond, N. H., Oct. 1, 1796; cer. perhaps 1819. Issue. — See 

[633] . 

[644.] Stephen Ballou", Stephen', Eev. Maturing Peter', John", 
Maturin^; b. in AVardsborough, Yt., Aug. 18; 1802; ni. liar net 
Grljjiii Wujlitman, birthplace, parentage, birth-date, &c., not given ; 
cer. June 17, 1833. Issue. — 

2081—1. Abberene, b. Preston, N. Y., Ang. 8, 1834, m. Truman Evans 1850. 

2082 — 2. James Henry, Eev., b. Pliarsalia, N. Y., Dec. (», '80; ni. Sarah 
Maria (Evans) Salsbnry. 

2083—3. Moses Hartwell, b. Plymouth, N. Y., Dec. 23, '38; m. Laura Jane 
Griffin 1859. 

2084—4. Andrew Jackson, b. Plymouth, N. Y., Aug. 7, '40; m. Jane Liv- 

2085—5. Mary Jane, b. Owego, N. Y., Sept. 20, '40; m. Luke Searles. 

Stephen Ballon" inherited his father's homestead in Preston, N. 
Y., and, after his marriage, continued to occupy it a year or two. 
There his eldest child was b. Thence he removed to a new home 
in Pliarsalia, N. Y., in the same county. There his son, Rev. James 
Henry Ballou, was b. Next he removed to the adjoining town of 
Plymouth, where his other two sons were 1). Thence he removed 
to a homestead, purchased in Owego, Tioga Co., N. Y., where his 
youngest dr. was b., and which was ever after his settled abode. 


He w;is ji natural i^eniiis in several directions ; and, though favored 
with small edncati(^nal privileg'es, distinguished himself for much 
skill and usefulness wherever he dwelt, — -at first as a musician, and 
then as a phlel)otomist, or bleeder of the sick, surgeon dentist 
after the old fashion, kc. He was also good at shoemaking, 
blacksmithing, fabricating agricultural instruments, and almost 
anything demanded of ingemiity. But all the while his main oc- 
cupation was farming. From what we can learn, he and his wife 
proved themselves worthy heads of a worthy family. He was 
greatly blest in life's essentials, and especially in health^ — having 
never called for the aid of a physician till almost an octogenarian. 
But the time of his departure came at last. He d. Feb. 15, 1883, 
a. 80 yrs. 5 mos. and 27 days, on the little homestead where he had 
dwelt during the last 35 yrs. of mortal life ; leaving his worthy 
widow and the above named five surviving children to cherish his 
precious memory and the common family hope of a blessed im- 
mortality. We shall allow his talented and aifectionate son, Rev. 
James H. Ballon, to bear eulogistic testimony to his merits. 
" Without pretension, \ni\\ the simple heartedness of a child, he 
lived, in the seclusion of his rural home, the quiet, peaceable, in- 
dustrioTis, temperate life of a kindly, benevolent and honest man. 
And at last, after four score years of as blameless, unspotted in- 
tegrity as few can boast, passed away in peace with all men — 
without a word of murmuring during the infirmities of the final 
decline. And although, in the usual, popular sense of the terms, 
he was not a religious or pious man, yet he manifested no fear of 
the ' last enemy.'' But if practical loyalty to truth, honor, and 
uprightness be the elements of godliness — if to abide ' unspotted 
from the world ' is ' pure religion ' — then was he a religious man. 
He was a Universalist in sentiment, and while living always in 
orthodox communities, with no opportunity of attending religious 
meetings with which he could fully sympathize, yet he always en- 
joyed the esteem of his neighbors ; - * - and I know not he 
ever had an enemy, or deserved one. The death of the righteous 
was his iiortion ; and this is my consolation. But how difficult to 
think of him as dead ! It seems incredible ! Sweet and fragrant 
will be his memory to a few hearts ; and may the peace of God 
ever be with his risen spirit." 

[045.] Tryphosa Ballou", Stephen'', Rev. Maturiu ', Peter', 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Rowe, Mass., Apl. 28, 1801 ; m. 1st Joel 
C/iittenden, b. Jan. 5, 1795; cer. Feb. 21, 1821. Issue.— 


3086—1. Joel Andrew Jackson Chittenden, b. June 16, 1833; m. M. A. De- 
gar emo. 

Mr. Cliittendeii was a wool- carder, clotli-dresser, and finally 
farmer. Both worthy people. Residence in Tiog-a Co., N. Y. 
Joel Chittenden d. Apl. 25, 1861, a. 06 yrs. 3 mos. and 20 ds. Mrs. 
Tryphosa suliseqiiently m. 2d Oliver Stone, and became his widow. 
She finally d. with her only son in Newark Valley, N. Y., Apl. 10, 
1883, a. 78 yrs. 11 mos. 12 ds. Her nephew, Eev. James H. Ballon, 
says. — " She Avas one of God's elect — a mendier of the Methodist 
church — of a remarkably sweet, pure spirit, and deep piety." 

[646.] LuciNDA Ballou", Stephen', Rev. Maturin', Peter', John", 
Maturin' ; b. in Preston, N. Y., Feb. 25, 1815 ; m. Jaincs Ingermll, 
dates and other particulars wanting-. Issue, b. in Oweg'o, N. Y., 
where the parents lived and died. — 

2087 — 1. Lucius Ing'ersoll, b. not given. 

' 2088—2. Euth Ann Ingersoll, b. " 

2089—3. James IngersoU, b. 

2090—4. Setli IngersoU, b. 

2091—5. Charles IngersoU, b. " 

2092—6. Frances IngersoU, b. 

2093—7. Stephen IngersoU, 1). " 

2094—8. Ahnira IngersoU, b. 

2095—9. LiUian IngersoU, b. " 

Farmers and worthy people, of whom doul)tless we could say 
much good, had we been able to obtain their full record. All we 
have learned was in 1882 ; in March of which Mr. InoersoU d., 
leaving' his wife a widow, and five living* chn., all with families. 
His son Lucius had d. in the Union army some 20 yrs. before. 
Three others had })assed away at various dates. We can tell no 
more, either of the living' or dead. This descent closed. 

[647.] Fanny Ballou", Rev. Hosea', Rev. Maturin', Peter', 
-John", Maturin'; 1). in Dana, Mass., Oct. 13, 1797; m. Leonard 
Ilohnes of Boston, parentage and birth-date not given ; cer. in 
Boston Oct. 7, 1827, by bride's Rev. father. Issue, all understood 
to have been b. in Boston. — 

2096—1. Fanny C. Hohnes, li. July 27, 1828; d. u. ni. WUmington, Vt., 

Aug. 2(), 1829. 
2097—2. Esther Augusta Holmes, b. Jan. 30, '30; m. Austin Whitney Apl. 

4, 1854. 
2098 — 3. Leonard B. Hohnes. b. Dec. 5, '31; d. in AndersonviUe prison in 

War of EebeUion. 


3099—4. Alir.'d L. Holmes, b. Dec. 24, 1833; killed in War of Eebelliou 

June 30, 18G2. 
3100—5. Melissa R. Holmes, 1). May 23, '30; m. Erastus Winslow Barnes 

July 2, 1878. 
2101— fi. Oliver W. Holmes, b. Aug. 24, '38; d. in Boston u. m. Feb. 22, 1875. 

This was a worthy conniil)ial pair, who \eii a reputable and hal- 
lowed memory. Mr. Holmes was chief clerk in the Boston Post 
Office for more than 20 years, and won marked public respect by 
executive ability and moral integrity. He d. in the prime of mid-, 
die ag-e, May 22, 1843, leaving- his bereaved widow in great sorrow 
and anxiety, with her brood of six comparatively young- elm., at 
an age and under circumstances which demanded a father's prov- 
idence and guardianship. Fortunately for her and them, her 
large-hearted brother. Rev. Massena B. Ballou, responded to her 
appeal, took them all under his kind care, and watched over them 
till of ag-e to care for themselves. Two only of them lived to 
marry, and these still survive. Mrs. Fanny herself d. in Stoug'h- 
ton, Mass., Mar. 28, 1846, a. 48 yrs. 5 mos. and 15 ds. 

[()48.] Rev. Hosea Faxon Ballou", Rev. Hosea', Rev. Maturin', 
Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. in Dana, Mass., Apl. 4, 1799; m. Mary 
Ballon' , eldest dr. of his cousin, Martin Ballou'', Benjamin', Rev. 
Maturiu\ Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in Guilford, Vt., May 3, 1801, 
mother's maiden name Anna Briant ; cer. in Monroe, Mass., Jan. 
1, 1817. Issue.— 

2102— 1. Mary Waslibiu'u, b. Monroe, Mass., Jan. 4, 1818; m. John Ballou. 

2103— 2. Mandana Wliittemore, h. Monroe, Mass., Nov. 18, '19; m. Georf?e 

W. Fisher. 

2104— 3. Cassandana, b. Monroe, Mass., Nov. 1, '21; m. David Carley. 

2105— 4. Fanny H., b. Monroe, Mass., July 3, '23; d. Nov. 16, 1840. 
210(5— 5. Hosea Berthier, b. Monroe, Mass., Jan. 8, '20; m. Adelia A. Mur- 


2107— (). Massena Faxon, b. Monroe, Mass., Nov. 12, '27; m. Emeliza 


2108— 7. Elmina Aldala, b. Monroe, Mass., Oct. 17, '29; m. Dexter C. 


2109— 8. Clementina, 1). Whitingham, Vt., Feb. 17, '34; m. Silas Mason, 


2110— 9. Fidueia, b. Whitingham, Vt., July 9, '37; m. John A. Murdock. 
2111—10. Fanny Almeua, b. Whitingham, Vt., Feb. 17, '45; m. Dr. F. J. 


Rev. Hosea Faxon Ballou'' inherited excellent talents, executive 
caimbilities and moral qualities from his prog-enitors. He chose 
a companion of corresponding- worth, and filled up a long- life 



\di\\ eminent usefulness. He was successfully engaged in scliool- 
teaching, merchandize and farming until tliirty-two years of age. 
He then entered the Universalist ministry with hearty devotion, 
and continued therein, to great public acceptance, for over forty 
years, till disaliled by ill-health and the infirmities of age. And 
in all those forty years he never missed a single Sabbath's sei'vice. 
He was twenty-five years pastor in Whitingham, Yt., and then 
settled in the same office fifteen over the Society in Wilmington, 
Vt. He was much sought after to minister at funerals within a 
radius of -iO miles, and spoke on such occasions more than 1400 
times. Meanwhile he solemnized over 500 marriages. But he 
seems to have had unusual versatility also in secular afi'airs, for he 
was a Selectman 11 yrs.. Superintendent of Common Schools 22 
yrs., Eepresentative in the Legislature twice, member of three 
several State Constitutional Conventions, 16 yrs. a Justice of the 
Peace, 17 yrs. Town Clerk, repeatedly Eoad Commissioner for 
more than 30 yrs., continually discharging Probate responsil)ili- 
ties, as executor, administrator or guardian, and fiucilly, during 
the last 7 3^ears of his life, Avas President of the Wilmington, Vt., 
Savings Bank. He had a kind, obliging and sympathizing heart, 
as well as a clear head and reliable judgment, and deservedly en- 
joyed gTeat public confidence. When Mr. Peck was collecting 
genealogical data for this work, Mr. Ballou evinced a commend- 
able interest in the undertaking, and proved himself a willing, 
pains-taking correspondent. 

He d. with an unwavering assurance of immortal blessedness, 
in Wilmington, Yt., May 20, 1881, at the ripe age of 82 yrs. 1 mo. 
and IG ds. Mrs. Mary, his worthy consort, d. Aug. 10, 1883, a. 82 
yrs. 3 mos. and 7 ds. She was eminently honored at death as in 
life. Her remains repose by the side of her husband in Whiting- 
ham, Yt. 

[649.]. Kev. Massena Berthiee Ballou'"', Eev. Hosea', Rev. 
Maturin', Peter', John", Maturin'; b. in Dana, Mass., Nov. 28, 
1800; m. Mary Sheffield Jacobs, dr. of Ichabod E. and Clarissa 
(Eichmond) Jacobs, of Scituate, Mass., b. there Sept. 24, 1806; 
cer. under the bride's parental roof, Dec. 21, 1825, by Eev. Hosea 
Ballou. Issue. — 

2112 — 1. Massena Hosea, b. in Lancaster, Mass., Jan. 15, 1827; m. Martlia 

A. Churcliill. 
2113—2. Mary Elmina, b. in Stoughton, Mass., Nov. 15, '32; d. Mar. 15, 


^l^^A^^^ ^ A^^Ui^ 



3114—3. Clementina Olarissii, I), in St()u,<''ht()u, Mass., Oct. 10, 1834; m. 

Horace N. Tncker. 
2115—4. Berthier Riclimond, 1). in Stouglitun, Mass., Dec. 8, '30; m. Eliza 

J. Howland. 

Eev. Masseiia Berthier Ballon' has proved himself the worthy 
sciou of a (listiiigiiished stock. With intellectual and moral en- 
dowments of a high order^ he enjoyed the advantages of a Boston 
scholastic education, and Avas prepared for the ministry in the 
study of his Bev. father. He entered on his professional duties 
in the 22d yr. of his age. After preaching- temporarily in several 
places he settled in Charlton, Mass., and remained in that pastor- 
ate four years. There he and his amiable companion made many 
life-long friends — separating from them with deep mutual regret. 
Thence he removed to Stoughton, Mass., and took charge of the 
ancient First Parish — being the first of his denomiiuition ever set- 
tled in that town. There he had a successful pastorate of 22 yrs., 
which ill health obliged him to resign about 1853 — greatly to the 
regret of his parishioners. But he did not leave his homestead in 
Stoughton. He has remained there ever since, with his chn. and 
gd. chn. settled near him. We had a fraternal letter from him 
under date of June 1, 1882. In that letter he speaks of his domes- 
tic and social relationships thus:— "Our children all reside in 
Stoughton, very near the old homestead, where we have lived in 
peace and harmony with the good citizens of the town for more 
than lifty years — never having had an enemy to our knowledge. 
It has always been my endeavor and most earnest desire, to live 
in peace and the exchange of kind offices Avith all the people with 
whom I associated, without regard to religious or political opin- 
ions. I think our family hold respectable positions in this com- 
munity." There is no doubt of this; for parents and chn. are 
alike amiable and worthy. At this writing [1882], he is in his 83d 
year. Both he and his wife are invalids to a greater or less ex- 
tent — his wife seriously such. The death of his elder bro.. Rev. 
Hosea Faxon, and of his bro. -in-law, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Wliitte- 
more, gave him a painful sense of desolation ; but his trust in God 
and hope of the life everlasting are gilding the sunset-horizon of 
mortality for him, and soothingly preparing him and his consort 
for their destined translation. There is a remarkable contrast be- 
tween his circumstances and mission and those of his distinguished 
father — his own so calm and placid — his father's so arduous and 
controversial. But the Highest wisely allots to each of us the 
spheral life-career most necessary to the universal good. Rev. 


Masseiia, like his elder bro., lias been a liberal contributor of 
famih^ records and desirable information to this volnme. 

LATEii. — Mrs. Mary Sheffield Ballon, long- a patient invalid but 
loved and highly esteemed by all who knew her, d. very suddenly 
in Stoughton, Mass., while in process of conversation, Apl. 18, 
1883, a. 7C yrs. 6 mos and 24 ds. 

[650.] Cassandana B.y:.Lou", Eev. Hosea', Eev. Maturin', Peter', 
John", Maturin'; b. in Dana, Mass., Jan. 9, 1803; m. Joseph Wing 
of Boston, son of Benjamin and Lucy (Clafiin) Wing, b. in Vt. 
Apl. 25, 1797 ; cer. under the bride's parental roof Apl. 25, 1822, 
by her Eev. father. Issue. — 

2116—1. Josepli Ballon WiiiK, b. in Boston, Feb. 23, 1828; m. Elizabeth 

B. Baldwin. 
2117 — 2. Cassandana Frances Waslibnrn Wini;-. b. Sept. 1), '25; ni. James 

H. Shepard. 
2118—8. Clementina Faxon Winj--, I). Any. 8, '27; d. Jan. 10, 1880. 
2119—4. Elmina Faxon Wing, b. Mar. 25, '29; m. Abel A. Adams. 
2120—5. Horace Benjamin Wing, b. May G, '31; m. Ellen E. Dana. 
2121 — 6. Massena Bertliier Wing, b. Sept. 9, '33; m. Sarali C. Sanderson. 

This connubial pair settled in Boston, where Mr. AVing was 
Agent for the New England Glass Co. through a long series of 
years. He was deservedly held in high esteem, as was his wife, 
in all their relationships and circles of society. We cannot say 
less of them, under the impressions left on our mind by an imper- 
fect acquaintance, and should undoubtedly say more in the same 
A^ein, had any one furnished us with more specific biographical 
information. Mrs. Cassandana d. in Boston Oct. 18, 186(3. Of the 
subsequent history of Mr. Joseph Wing, it has not been our good 
fortune to obtain desirable information. He never m, again, and 
d. in Boston Apl. 23, 1881, a. 83 yrs. 11 mos. and 28 ds. 

[651.] Mandana Ballou", Eev. Hosea", Eev. Maturin', Peter", 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Barnard, Vt., Sept. 17, 1804 ; m. Ilev. Ben- 
jdiidn W/i'dtcDiore, son of Nathaniel and Mary (Stone) Whittemore, 
b. in Lancaster, Mass., May 30, 1801 ; cer. in the bride's parental 
home, Boston, June 4, 1823, by her Eev. father. Issue. — 

2122— 1. Mandana Mary Whittemore, 1). Scitnate, Mass., A))]. 17, 1824; 

m. Q. Whitney. 

2123 — 2. Cassandana Elmina Wliittemore, b. Scitnate, Mass., Ang. 14, '26; 

d. Dec. 21, 1832. 

2124— 3. Benjamin Balkin Whittemore, b. Troy, N. Y., Sept. 14, '29; m. 

Sarah C. Treadway. 


2125— 4. Hosea Nathaniel Whittemore, b. Boston, Mass., July 3, 1831; d. 

Nov. (3, 1832. 

2126— 5. Nathaniel Whittemore, b. Boston, Mass., Dec. 27, '33, d. May 

21, 1835. 

2127— (1 Cassandana Fidncia Wliittemore, b. Boston, Mass., Apl. 24, '36; 

d. May 4, 1802. 

2128— 7. Nathaniel Hosea WHiittenioi-e, 1). Bcjston, Mass., Apl. 18, '38; m. 

Ida I. Bullard. 

2129— 8. Murray Winchester Whittemore, b. Boston, Mass., July 10, '42; 

d. Aug. 24, 1842. 

2130 — 9. Frances Clementina Whittemore, b. Lancaster, Mass., Dec. 10, 

'43; d. Mar. 9, 1801. 
2131 — 10. Massena Maturin Whittemore, b. Lancaster, Mass., Feb. 5, '46; 
m. M. C. Treadway. 

Mrs. Mandana Ballon Wliittemore and her linsbaud snstained 
a liiyli re})ntation for all the noble qnalities of heart, intellig-ence 
and moral character which adorn connnbial, social and pnblic life. 
They passed throngh a trying- succession of domestic afflictions, 
as is strikingly obvious from the deaths in the above family rec- 
ord ; to which another was added in the early departure of their 
eldest dr., wife of Rev. Qnincy Wliitne}^ — who d. Oct. 23, 1857, 
only about 11 yrs. after mg-e., in the 34th year of her ag-e — leaving- 
two young drs. We need not open the testament of their sorrows 
to read its pag-es of grief. They are reported to have drunk each 
bitter cup with Christian resignation, and to have looked with 
consoHng- confidence into the immortal world, as the supernal 
home where all will meet again. 

Mr. Whittemore gave early promise of public usefulness, pos- 
sessed talents of superior lustre, was educated at Lancaster and 
Groton Academies, Mass., studied divinity with Rev. Hosea Bal- 
lon, and commenced his ministry in his 22d year. He was or- 
dained as pastor of the Universalist Society in South Scituate, 
Mass., May 21, 1823, where he officiated six years. Thence he 
was called to Troy, N. Y., in 1829, and thence to So. Boston in 
1830. There his usual good success attended him. In 1813, he 
took possession of the old patrimonial homestead in Lancaster, 
Mass., where he managed his secular affairs, and devoted his 
ministerial lal)ors to the upbuilding of Universalism in the gen- 
eral vicinity — organizing several new Societies. In 1851 he set- 
tled as pastor of the Universalist Society in Norwich, Ct., where 
he continued eight years. He then returned to Lancaster, Mass., 
soon lost his eyesight, yet continued to preach occasionally — 
repeating his hymns and scripture lessons fi'om memory. He 

330 • ELMINA R. (BALLOU) WALDO\ £c. 

passed tlie last four years of his life with his son in Mattapan, a 
small suburb of Boston. The Annual Universalid Register for 
1882 closes a biog-raphical sketch of him with these Avorcls. — 

"As a preacher and pastor, Mr. Whittemore was eminently suc- 
cessful. He possessed a personal mag-netism which secured for 
him at once the attention of his hearers, and won their good will 
before their judgment was appealed to. Added to this was a bril- 
liant and powerful intellect which gave him a ready comprehen- 
sion of his subject ; and his logical method and aptness of illustra- 
tion enabled him to express his convictions with great force. As 
a scripture expositor he possessed eminent ability. He knew all 
the ways of doubt and skepticism, and was ever ready to maintain 
the truths of Christianity with a skill and courage that insured 
success. In 1867 Tufts College conferred u]3on him the honorary 
degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology." "During his last sickness 
he bore his sufferings without a murmur. His intellect remained 
unclouded, and his faith grew l)righter until his spirit took its 
Hight." His ever sympathizing comi^anion, who for nearly sixty 
years had shared his joys and sorrows, survived, Hke a trembling 
reed, the blast that separated th§ni, and at last advices was calmly 
awaiting her own departure. He d. at Mattapan, Apl. 26, 1881, 
at the age of almost 80 yrs. Mrs. Manduna was enjojdng the 
fostering care of her dutiful son Nathaniel H. and family at Mat- 
tapan, Mass., in 1883. 

[652.] Elmina Ruth Ballou", Rev. Hosea", Rev. Maturing 
Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in Portsmouth, N. H., Apl. 3, 1810; m. 
IteD. Josiah Cronhy Wcddo, sou of Shubael and Rebecca (Crosby) 
Waldo, b, in Chesterfield, N. H., Dec. 5, 1803 ; cer. at bride's pa- 
rental home in Boston, Oct. 26, 1831, by her Rev. father. Issue. — 

2133—1. Ella Fiducia Oliver Waldo, b. W. Cambridge, Mass., May 10, 

1885; d. Aug. 34, 1848. 
3133—3. Geori;-e Curtis Waldo, b. Lynn, Mass., Mar. 30, '37; m. Aunie 

2134 — 3. Clementina Grace Waldo, b. Woburn, Mass., Sept. 22, '38; res. 

New Loudon, Ct. 
2135—4. Frances Rebecca Waldo, b. Woburn, Mass., Aug. 7, '40; d. Aug. 

8, 1803. 
2136—5. Maturin Ballon Waldo, 1). W. Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 30, '43; m., 

wife deed. 

An approved, exemplary and happy marriage. Mr. Waldo Avas 
educated at Chesterfield, N. H., Academy, studied for the ministry 


under Eev. Hosea Ballon, was first settled and ordained at Cin- 
cinnati, O., and while there projected and started the Universalist 
paper entitled " Sentinel and Star." He was next settled in Lynn, 
Mass.; next in West Cambridge, Mass.; then in Troy, N. Y. ; 
and then twelve years in New Loudon, Ct., where he has ever 
since resided. Mrs. Elmina, his wife, d. there June 26, 1856. 
There, too, Miss Frances Rebecca their dr. d., as above noted, 
Aug-. 8, 1862, unmarried. Eev. Mr. Waldo has m. a 2d wife, and 
his dr., Clementina Grace, was, in 1888, residing at home with 
them, u. m. His son, George Curtis, who m. Annie Frye of New 
Orleans, some ten years ago, has had at least three chn. He is 
chief editor of the "Standard," a daily and weekly newspaper 
published in Bridgeport, Ct., where he resides. The other son, 
Maturiu B., has been m. but lost his wife, who left no issue. He 
is in the employ of C. R. Cummings, the so-called Western Rail- 
road king, and in an eligible position. Talent, enterprise, thrift, 
and doubtless moral integrity, obviously characterize this family. 
We shall not further trace them. 

[653.] Clementina Ballou", Rev. Hosea", Rev. Maturin', Peter', 
John'% Maturin'; b. in Portsmouth, N. H., July 10, 1812; m. Col. 
Isaac Hall Wright of Boston, son of Winslow and Sarah (Dunlap) 
Wright of Boston, Jan. 28, 1814; cer. in bride's parental home, 
Boston, June 4, 1837, by her Rev. father. No issue. 

A worthy bride and distinguished groom. He has occupied 
the following responsible positions in mercantile, civil and mili- 
tary circles. — Junior partner in the firm of Wright, Priest ct Co., 
member of the Massachusetts Senate, IT. S. Navy Agent, Capt., 
Lieut.-Col. and Col. of Mass. Vols, in the Mexican War, Military 
Gov, of Monterey, Mexico, Commander of the Ancient and Hon- 
orable Artillery Co., Capt. of the Boston Lt. Dragoons, Superin- 
tendent of the U. S. Armory at Springfield, Mass., Attorney at 
Law, and Chairman of Board of Street Commissioners, Boston. 
He must be excused for not having had children of his own to 
care for. Col. Wright d. of consumption Dec. 16, 1886, a. 72 yrs. 
10 mos. and 19 ds. 

[654.] FiDUCiA Ballou", Rev. Hosea', Rev. Maturin', Peter', 
John", Maturin' ; b. in Portsmouth, N. H., May 1, 1814; m. Ahijah 
W/ieeler Farrar of Boston, son of Oliver and Mary (Wheeler) 
Farrar, b. in Weston, Vt., Nov. 17, 1810 ; cer. at bride's parental 
home in Boston, Apl. 22, 1838, by her Rev. father. Issue, b. in 
Boston, Mass. — 


2137—1. Oliver Wlieeler Farrar, b. May 3(5, 1889; m. Sarah E. Viaux June 

1, 1872. 
2138—2. Florence Ballon Farrar, b. Jan. 18, '43; m. Frederic H. Yianx 

Jnne 19, '73. 
2139—3. Alice Wriglit Farrar, b. Jan. 18, '4(5; m. James W. Briggs Nov. 

22, '68. 
oi4o_-4. Berthier Farrar, b. and d. Lexington, Mass., Maj-, 1848. 
2141—5. Frank Waldo Farrar, b. Fell. 2, '52; m. C. W. Caldwell, Nov. 5, '79. 

We assniue this to have been a happy marriag-e, and life to 
have flowed in a prosperous channel. Mr. Farrar is now a retired 
merchant, liaviuo: formerly beloug-ed to the mercantile firm of 
Dana, Farrar k Hyde, Boston, Mass. Onr data vciW enable us to 
bring" this family down to the eighth generation. Mrs. Fiducia d. 
May 30, 1885, and was deservedly eulogized by Eev. Dr. Miner in 
the CJinstvm Lender of June 18th following. 

[655.] Maturin Murkay Ballou'', Eev. Hosea', Eev. Maturin"; 
Peter', John", Maturin'; b. in Boston, Mass., Apl. 14, 1820; m. 
Mary Anne Jioherts, dr. of John and Mary Anne (Adams) Eoberts, 
b, in Boston, Sept. 1, 1822; cer. in Boston, Sept. 15, 1839, by the 
groom's Eev. father. Issue, 1). in Boston. — 

2142—1. Mnrray Eoberts, 1). July 21, 1840; m. Lucretia Rowland. 

Maturin Murray Ballou", the youngest son of his celebrated 
father, grew up in the best of homes and enjoyed the highest edu- 
cational privileges of his favored city, "the Athens of America." 
He had a literary genius, and early enlisted with ardor in the 
profession of periodical Journalism; He has been connected with 
the Boston press over forty years. He commenced his career 
with " The Flag of our Union"; next started "Ballou's Pictorial," 
the first illustrated newspaper issued in this country, which he 
continued more than ten years with pecuniary success; next fol- 
lowed the famous "Dollar Magazine" and kindred publications; 
and later " The Boston Daily Globe," of which he was editor in 
chief till his health partially broke down. Meantime he became the 
author of numerous valuable and popular volumes, among which 
the following are the most important: — A Life or "Biography of 
Hosea Ballou," his father, which passed through eighteen editions 
in two years — "A History of Cuba," the first ever published in 
English, principally elaborated from his own notes taken on the 
Island—" The Treasury of Thought," a large $5 Vol., which won 
him the enconiums of literary critics, and of which two ample 
editions were sold in a single year — "Notable Thoughts about 


Women," nnd "Pearls of Thought." Besides these solid prose 
works, he has Avritten dramas for the stage, and poetic eftusions of 
various style. He was also at one time in the lecture field. After 
becoming- a prosperous accumulator, he paid considerable atten- 
tion to real estate investments. In this line he built and owned 
three of the largest dry goods stores in Boston, and the famous 
St. Jdhien Hotel. So, at the ag-e of tifty-four, he settled down a 
wealthy capitalist. He g-ave his only son a liberal education, 
saw him graduate from Harvard University in the class of 18G2, 
with honor, launched him successfully in a lucrative business, 
beheld him happily married, and at the head of a promising" 
family, and needed nothing- more to brim his cup of worldly pros- 
perity, but to witness that son's promotion to a high post of dis- 
tinction among" his compeers. And this came to pass. For IMiir- 
ray Roberts Ballon has been President of the Boston Broker's 
Board some fourteen years. Yet, to cap the climax of i)erform- 
ance and enjoyment, he has latterly made a grand tour of the 
world, even through the farthest Indies, and surfeited himself on 
its wonders. Whether the results have been pliotograph'ed into a 
volume of travels is unknown to us at this writing. Finally, it is 
safe to presume that the connubial home is as replete with good 
things and domestic felicity as the outer circles of life have been 
with favored providences ; all which does not imply that the en- 
joyers have not, like all the rest of us, shared more ox less in the 
adversities and sorrows of our common humanity. 

[659.] Oliver Ballou", Oliver', Peter', Peter', John', Maturin', 
1). in Hanover, N. H., Mar. G, 1789; m. 1st Elizabeth Heath of 
Bristol, N. H.; cer. Oct. 12, 1813; no other particulars given. Is- 
sue, b. in Alexandria, N. H. — 

2143—1. Sai-ali H., b. Jime 21, 1814; m. Samuel Howard Apl. 16, 1845. 
2144—2. Laura, b. Jan. 18, '10; m. 1st Joseph Johnson, 2cl Silas Rhodes. 
2145—3. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 21, '18; m. Alexander W. Wright Oct. 25, 1839. 

Mrs. Elizabeth, the mother, d. Dec. 30, 1818, and the husliand 
m. 2d Dorothy Kidder of Bristol, N. H.; cer. Nov. 1819, — no other 
particulars given. Issue, all h. in said Alexandria. — 

2146— 4. Nancy, b. Mar. 21, 1822; ni. Varus Stearns Apl. 11, 1842. 

2147— 5. Jane, b. Feb. 14, '24; m. William Long Feb. 8, 1840, kc. 

2148— 0. Dorothy, b. Sept. 19, '25; m. Sylvester Leonard July 14, 1849. 
. 2149— 7. Oliver, b. Sept. 3, '28; m. Emma Heath Sept. 20, 1850. 

2150— 8. Natlianiel, b. June 14, '30; m. Eda A. Avery, Mar. 24, 1855. 

2151— 9. Benjamin, b. Mar. 14, '32; m. Laviua Elder Mar. 15, 1858. 
2152—10. Achsah, b. Feb. 11, '33; m. James Bartlett, Sept. 14, 1853. 


Oliver Ballon' is reported to us as a diligent, thrift}^ farmer and 
upright man, who with his wives and children deservedly enjoyed 
an unl)lemislied reputation throughout their vieinag'e. We have 
received no authentic information concerning- the last years of 
Oliver Ballon" and wife, as we should have done on special in- 
quiry. We presume they must have g"one the way of all the earth 
in the ordinary course of nature, but are without particulars. 

[G60.] Nathaniel Ballou", the next younger son of Oliver', is 
iinderstood to have been a promising' youth, cut oif in his bloom, 
at the ag-e of about 19 years. 

[661.] Saeah Ballou", Oliver', Peter', Peter', John', Maturin'; 
b. in Hanover, N. H., at a date not found; m. Dmnd Sawyer of 
Enfield, N. H., b. Jan. 31, 1791; cer. in Bristol, N. H., date and 
other particulars not ascertained. Issue, b. in Mt. Tabor, Vt. — 

2158—1. Edwin David Sawyer, b. Mmy 4, 1834; res. u. m. Mt. Tabor, Vt. 

Having- learned from the Postmaster of Mt. Tabor that David 
Sawyer had been a citizen of that town, and had died, leaving the 
above named son Edwin, we made haste to open a correspondence 
with him. We had the good fortune to be answered promptly 
and kindly. He could not give us the Christian names of his 
grand parents, nor his mother's birth-date, nor the date of her 
marriage; but on most other points posted us well. It seems 
from his letter, dated Mt. Tabor, June 14, 1885, that Mt. Tabor is 
among the heights of the Green Mountains ; that his father and 
mother settled on a 200 acre lot of wilderness land there in 1826, 
cleared a portion of it, had two clin. b. on it, and then sold out to 
buy a 100 acre farm more eligibly situated. Their youngest child, 
a son, d. in infancy without a name. On their second homestead 
David and Sarah (Ballon") spent the remainder of their days. 
He was honored with several town offices, from selectman down- 
ward, and they appear to have enjoyed the general respect. Mrs. 
Sarah experienced poor health for some years, and d. Feb. 21, 
1870, believed to have been about 75 yrs. old. Mr. Sawyer d. 
Oct. 18, 1872, in his 82d yr. Their son, Edwin D., sold out the 
parental estate, and purchased him a homestead in the East sec- 
tion of the town. There, says he, "I live alone, an old bachelor." 
But we trust he is as happy as some who live in a state of doiihle 

[662.] AcHSAH Ballou", Oliver', Peter', Peter', John"', Maturin'; 


b. in Hauover, N. H., date uot fouud ; m. Dadlei/ Davis. They 
settled, lived and d. in (Ti-afton, N. H., leaving- two elm. We have 
made fruitless inquiries for those chn., and found ourselves unable 
to ascertain their whereabouts or record. 

[663.] Jane Ballou", Oliver', Peter', Peter', John', INIaturin' ; 
b. in Hanover, N. H., at a date not found; m. 1st a Mr. Jjlodyett, 
somewhere in Vt., who died. She then Avent to Ohio, where she 
m. a second husband, and d. leaving- 3 chn. This indefinite infor- 
mation was given to Mr. Peck by her half brother, the late Wil- 
liam P. Ballou of Alexandria, N. H., as long- ag-o as 1861. He 
added. — "It is not known where they [the chn.] are." There was 
little ht)pe of finding such unsearchable cousins. No further at- 
temiit to trace. 

[Q^-^.'] HosEA Ballou", Oliver', Peter', Peter', John', Maturin' ; 
b. in Entield, N. H., at a date not found; m. Ci/nthia >S(Uihoi'n, 
ptge., birth-date, &c., not g-iven ; cer. Apl. 6, 1822. Issue, b. in 
Bristol, N. H.— 

2154—1. Ira P., b. Sept. 8, 1828; m. Elleu C. Campton. 

2155—2. Mary J., b. Mar. 8, '20; d. Oct. 6, 1828. 

215(5—8. Sarah J., b. Nov. 29, '29; d. Oct. 6, 1830. 

2157—4. Charlotte A., b. Sept. 7, '83; unreported. 

2158—5. Elleu M., b. July 23, '38; m. Andrew F. Burpee Aug. 1857. 

2159—0. Lewis L., b. Dec. 4, '42; unreported. 

2100-7. Anuah B., b. Aug-. 25, '52; d. Oct. 14, 1854. 

Hosea Ballou", wife and family, ranked high among the re- 
spectable farmers of their vicinity. They have been distinguished 
for their intelligence, enterprise and moral integrity, among the 
worthiest of their lineage. The father went West to visit his son 
Ira, and fell suddenly before the scythe of the dark angel at 
Beaver Dam, Wis., Oct. 18, 1855, to the deep affliction of his fam- 
ily. His desolate widow and several of her chn. survived him 
many years, and resided in Alexandria, N. H., when last heard 

[665.] Horace B.allou", Ohver', Peter', Peter', John', Maturin' ; 
b. in Entield, N. H., date not found; m. Mary B. Shtiomh, ptge., 
birth-date, &c., not given; cer. May 27, 1827. Issue, b. in Alexan- 
dria, N. H.— 

2101—1. Caleb S., b. Dec. — 1827; d. Feb. 4, 1882. 

2102—2. Horace Selden, b. Jan. 27, '33; d. Apl. 22, 1854. 

2103—3. Levi B., b. July 17, '89; d. Mar. 2, 1841. 

2104 — 4. Lucian x\., b. May 4, '44; unable to obtain report. 


Horace Ballon", farmer and merchant, with his wife come to ns 
reported as eminently reputable in the various relations of life, 
but sadly bereft of their few chn. The Postmaster of Alexandria 
informed us, under date of Sept. 22, 1884, that Mr. Ballou's wife 
and family were in the West, but himself was boarding- then in 
town, and "well for a man of his age." 

[66(j.] Zakah Ballou', Oliver', Peter', Peter', John'', Maturin' ; 
b. in Entield, N. H., date not given; m. Caroline Tennei/, ptge., 
birth-date, &c., not g-iven; cer. Jan. 19, 1834. Issue, l3. in Hill, 
N. H.— 

2165—1. Warren, b. Oct. 29, 1834; d. Feb. 15, 1859, iu his 21st yr. 

21(36—3. Mary Jaue, b. Mar. 21, '87; last reported Cliicopee Falls; Mass. 

2167—3. Persis G., b. Apl. 10, '39; d. Jan. 31, 1852. 

2168—4. Silas, b. July 28, '41; last reported in Bristol, N. H. 

2169—5. James G., b. Dec. 12, '43; last reported in Bristol, N. H. 

2170—6. Zarah M., b. Au";. 28, '45; 

2171—7. Ada K., b. July 24, '47; 

2172—8. Highland, b. Apl. 25, '50; " " 

2173—9. Eveline, b. Nov. 8, '52; reported died. 

One of Mr. Peck's correspondents referred to an intelligent, 
scholarly magistrate of Hill, N. H., who was w^ell acquainted with 
the large family of Oliver Ballou", as declaring that there was not 
another of such size ever raised in N. H., equal to them. Zarah" 
was one of them, and shared the common resi)ect. And Ave pre- 
sume his wife and children were no less Avorthy. It will be seen, 
Avlien recurred to further on, that we failed to trace this family 
below the 7th Gen. 

[667.] John Wesley Ballou'"', Oliver', Peter', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Hanover, N. H., Mar. 4, 1807; m. Thlrza Jfoans, 
dr. of Gardner and Levina (Wells) Evans, b. in Hill, N. H., Apl. 
25, 1813; cer. in New Hampton, N. H., Mar. 24, 1833, by Kev. 
Eben. Fisk. Issue, b. in Franklin, N. H. — 

2174-1. Hiram P., b. Oct. 25, 1833; m. Sarah Augusta Heath Oct. 4, 1857. 

2175—2. Frederick W., b. Jan. 21, '35; m. Mary Holmes. 

2176—3. John W. Jr., b. Oct. 30, '37; m. Helen E. Nye May 12, 1860. 

2177—4. Horace A., b. Feb. 4, '40; ni. 1st Sula A. Comser, 2d Carrie J. 


2178—5. Isaac C, b. Apl. 25, '42; m. Ida I. Hastings Mar. 2, 1873. 

2179—6. Enfus M., b. Sept. 21, '47; drowned Aug. 11, 1859. 

2180—7. George W., b. Mar. 31, '52; m. Emma H. Foster May 6, 1874. 

John W. Ballon", farmer, Franklin, N. H., wife and family, are 


to be included in the same respectable categ-ory already promi- 
nently characterized. At our last advices the parents were living- 
in the enjoyment of goodly pros])erity, and a g-reen old ag'e, 

[6(j8. 1 Elijah Ballou", Oliver', Peter', Peter', John", Maturin'; 

b. prob. in Entield, N. H., twin with his bro. Elisha ; m. 1st 

Elhahetli Peadey, who d. early of consumption, childless ; no dates 
or particulars further g-iven. He m. 2d Nancij TyrrcU ; cer. Mar. 
1, 1840. Jssue, 1). in Hill, N. H.— 

2181—1. Ann M., b. \\A. 5, 1841; nnreported. 

2183—2. Western, b. June li), '48; enlisted in U. S. service Sept. 12, 1861. 

2188-8. Wixyland, 1). Oct. 10, '45; 

2184—4. Marciii, h. Sept. 1, '45); unreported. 

2185—5. Alfred, h. June 5, '51; 

2180— (5. Emma J., b. Jan. 7, '53; " 

2187—7. Clara, b. May 28, '55; 

Another farmer family of g'ood livers and worthy character. We 
regret our inability to trace their descent further. 

[(569.] Elisha Ballou", Oliver", Peter', Peter', John", Maturin' ; 
b. prob. in Entield, N. H., tAvin with his bro. Elijah ; m. LuciivJh 
Watts, no i)tge. or liirth-date given ; cer. Eeb. 18, 1843. Issue, b. 
in Alexandria, N. H. — 

2188—1. Mary x\., b. Mar. 80, 1844; unrei)orted and untraced. 

2189—2. Lucy A., b. July 17, '45; 

2190—8. Charles E., b. Mar. 5, '40; 

3191—4. Laura M., b. Mar. 22, '48; 

2192-5. John N., b. Aug. 11, '50; 

2193—0. Orison, b. May 25, '54; 

3194-7. Ellen E., b. June!, '59; " " . 

Of the same reputable, thrifty, farmer family we have been de- 
scribing. Our latest information reports that Elisha Ballon'' had 
d., and that his widow was residing with her son Charles E.' in 
Boston, Mass. 

[670.J William P. Ballou', Oliver", Peter', Peter', John', Ma- 
turin' ; 1). prob. in Entield, N. H., Oct. 20, 1816; m. Mrs. Sop/nv- 
nia M. Sanhont, widow, maiden name Smith, dr. of Moses and 
Lucy (Gurdy) Smith, b. in Bristol, N. H., May 9, 1822 ; cer. May, 
1847, by John Gould, Esq. Issue, b. in Alexandria, N. H. 

2195—1. LaForest S., b. Feb. 11, 1849; m. Elvira B. Gale Feb. 0, 1870. 
3190—3. Quincy A., b. Jan. 38, '53; m. Silette B. Colby Oct. 19, 1881. 



William P." broke away from the plowtield of liis kindred, and 
became an enterprising- boot and shoe merchant. His wife was 
an equally enterprising- milliner. Thej^ occupied different poj-- 
tions of the same building in Alexandria, N. H., and both did a 
flourishing- business. Mr. B. ranked high in the excellent char- 
acteristics of his father's large family, and, with his companion, 
exerted a conspicuous influence in the community around them. 
He was a very willing, co])ious and helpful correspondent of Mr. 
Peck, furnishing- him a large amount of g-enealogical data, relat- 
ing- to the children and descendants of Oliver Ballou. This has 
come down to our use, and deserves the grateful acknowledgment 
of all concerned in tlip pul)lication of this volume. He d. in Alex- 
andria, N. H., Dec. 7, 1879. His worthy widow survives, and is 
still active in her millinery and fancy goods business. She and 
her tAvo sons, LaForest and Dr. Quincy A. Ballou, now reside in 
Bristol, N. H. This is written June 12, 1885. 

[671.] Eliza B.^llou", Oliver', Peter', Peter', John-', ]Maturin' ; 
b. perhaps in Hanover, perhaps in Alexandria, N. H. ; m. Gtorge 
Corlisii, ptge., birth-date, cfec, not given ; cer. Mar. 13, 1832. Is- 
sue, b. in Hill, N. H. — 

2197 — 1. Philinda Corliss, b. Dec. l;^, 1832; unreported and nntraced. 

2198—3. Ehoda Corliss, b. Apl. 1, '37; 

2199—3 George Corliss, b. May 25, '39 ; d. in Military Hospital Feb. 20, 1862. 

2200—4. Mary Corliss, b. Apl. 23, '40; unreported and untraced. 

2201—5. James Corliss, b. May 25, '44; 

2202—0. Alvin Corliss, b. May 5, '46; 

A worthy farmer family ; but the husband and father d. in Dec. 
1816, leaving them to sorrowful widowhood and or})hanage when 
his providence, guardianship and love seemed most indispensable. 
Mrs. Eliza proved herself a widow indeed, and a judicious mother, 
through the anxious ensuing years. Her clin. grew up well trained, 
and most of them lived to be a comfort to her old age. One of 
them, Geo. Corliss, Jr., sacrificed himself to the war-service of his 
country. He enlisted, went into camp at Manchester, N. H., took 
the measles, Avas removed for hospital treatment to Fort Indepen- 
dence near Boston, and d. there, as written above, Feb. 20, 1862. 
Very little information has reached us since we undertook the 
compilation of this work. How many of the children ever lived 
to marry, or whether the mother yet survives, no one has told us. 
This descent closed. 


[672.] Mary Ballou", Oliver', Peter\ Peter", John'', Maturin' ; 
b. })rob. in Alexandria, N. H., date unt^iven ; m. Aaron K'nlder, 
and settled in Hanover, N, H., no dates or particulars given. 81ie 
is reported to have had 3 elm., and to have d. about the year 
1847 or S. Her husband was livino- in 1S62, and one of the fore- 
mentioned 3 chn., viz. — 

2203—1. Jeptliah Kidder. 

Anxious inquiries made hy letter, but no answers ever reed. 
We hope the next Ballou g-enealog-ist will be smart enough, and 
fortunate enough, to bring into fold the many lost sheep of our 
Israel whom we have failed to find. This descent closed. 

[673.] Cynthia Ballou", 01iver\ Peter\ Peter^ John^ Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Alexandria, N. H., no date given ; m. John Paidee 
in Nov. 1833 — no j)articulars given. They settled in Hill, N. H., 
where besides 3 unnamed chn. lost in early infancy, they had. — 

2204—1. Sarah J. Peaslee, h. June 0, 1837; nureported. 

2205—2. Aaron Peaslee, li. June 2, '39; 

2200—3. Cynthia A. Peaslee, b. Jan. 22, '48; " 

A respectable farming family, of good social and moral standing, 
like that of their near kindred. No recent information obtained, 
and the descent closed. 

[674.] Philinda Ballou", 01iver^ Peter\ Peter^ Jolm\ Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Alexandria, N. H., date ungiven ; m. a Mr. Quimhy ; 
no birth-i>lace, birth-date or marriage-place reported. He was a 
seafaring man, went off on a voyage soon after mge. and d. No 
issue. Mrs. Philinda remained a worthy wiclow, and, in 1862, 
lived in Hill with her mother, then aged 85 yrs. or more, minister- 
ing to her comforts. We can report nothing later. 

We had given up all expectations of tracing the descendants of 
Stephen Ballou", Peter', Peter'', &c., when agreeably surprised by 
receiving important data of their family record from Mrs. Amanda 
J. Winsor of Lincoln, K. I., a comparatively near relative. We 
therefore gladly transcribe and preserve the facts. This Stephen 
Ballou m. Rachel Smith of Smithfield, R. I., settled in Brimfield, 
Mass., resided in several localities at various times, but finally d. 
in said Smithfield of dropsy. He is said to have preached oc- 


[(5741.] Phebe Ballou', Stephen', Peter', Peter", John'-, Ma- 
turin' ; b. m Brimfield, Mass., Oct. 24, 1806; m. 1st August ks 
Carver ; cer. in Granl^y, Mass, Jan. 3, 1834, by Rev. Mr. Knig-ht. 
No issne. Mr. Carver d., and she m. 2d, George Bahe.ock in said 
Granby, no date given. No issue. She was Hving in Granby 
with her 2d hnsband a few years ago, 

[674^.] EMrERoit Ballou", Stephen ', Peter', Peter', John', Ma- 
tnrin' ; b. in Kilhngiy, Ct., Feb. 4, 1811 ; m. Ehinra IJitchcock of 
Fort Ann, N. Y. ; cer. in Lndh-)w, Mass., Jan, 1, 1838. Issne.— 

*2207— 1. George Oscar', h. Cliieopee, Mass., .Tune 18, 1839; d. Jan. 38, '42. 

2208—2. Nancj' Jane', b. " " Apl. 2, '42; m. K. D. Averj-. 

2209-3. Charles Stephen', h. " " Mar. 26, '44; d. Aug. 21, 'G6. 

2210—4. Helen Maria", h. Portsmouth, N. H., June 18, '40; d. Jan. 7, '53. 

2211—0. Alice Frances', 1). Montgomery, Mass., Nov. 9, '58; d. Nov. 17, 'G9. 

[6741 .] Chauncey B.\llou", Stephen', Peter\ Peter', John% Ma- 
turin' ; b. Dec. 12, 1813, birth-phice not given ; m. Mary A. Alann ; 
cer. in Thomaston, Me., Oct. 16, 1839, by Elder Day. Issne, 
birth-phice not indicated. — 

2212—1. Charles F. ■ 1). Feb. 16, 1840. 

2213—2. Phebe A.' b. Apl. 18, '42; d. Fel). 16, 1845. 

2214—3. Emma', b. Feb. 27, '44; m. a Ballon and set. Fall River, Mass. 

[674f.] Rachel Ann Ballou", Stephen', Peter', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Monson, Mass., Nov. 17, 1815 ; m. liic/iard Barnes 
of Middletown, Ct., and settled in West Hartford, Ct. No issne 
reported, and no more told. 

As there is bnt one family in this descent of Stephen Ballon', 
Peter', &c., which conld projoerly be carried down to the next tier 
of generations, we will enter its data here, and close. 

[2208.] Nancy Jane Ballou", Emperor', Stephen', Peter', Peter", 
John'-, Matnrin' ; b. in Chicopee, Mass., Apl. 2, 1842; m. llcndaml 
D. Avery ; cer. in Hunting-don, Mass., Nov. 24, 1815, by Rev, M. 
Walker, Issne. — 

2215—1. Albert D. Avery% b. Nov. 30, 1859; d. Dee. 23, 1862. 

2216—2. Nellie Frances Aveiy% b. July 9, '(53. 

2217—3. Arthur U. Avery% b. Aug. 9, '65. 

2218—4. Margie Etta Avery^ b. Nov. 22, '()7. 

2219—5. Alice Maria Avery% b. Feb. 22, '74. 

Family home understood to l)e in Montgomery, Mass, 


[G75.] AVelcome Ballou", Dr. Peter', Peter\ Peter", John', 
Maturiii'; 1). in Smitlifield, E. I., Feb. 7,1797, on Avluit is now 
called the Israel Arnold place in Lime Pvock neighborhood; ni. 
Al>i(/((il Jh/er, dr. of Joseph and Lydia (Tifft) Dj^er, b. in Johns- 
ton, Pv. I., July 23, 1797; cer. in said Johnston, May 1821, by Rev. 
Mr. Tifft. Issue, b. in Smithtield, now Lincoln, R. I. — 

2230—1. Sarali X., Iiirth-date not "iven ; m. 1st George W. Briggs. 
2221 — 2. Cj'rns W., l)irth-date not given; m. Harriet R. Blake. 

Welcome Ballou" lived and died in Lime Rock neighborhood, 
R. I. He was a cooper liy trade. He and. his wife are thus char- 
acterized by their son Cyrus W. — " My mother was a Baptist and 
a good one too ; father, honest, upright and square — liked by aU 
who knew him. No children had better parents than we." He d. 
Apl. 27, 1867, a. 70 yrs. 2 mos. and 20 ds. Mrs. Abigail, his widow, 
d. May 21, 1880, a. 82 yrs. 9 mos. and 28 ds. 

LG7(). I Mai!Y B.\lloit", Dr. Peter', Peter', Peter\ John', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Smithiield, R. I., Sept. 22, 1799 ; m. (ieorge. JencJceK, son 
of Cai>t. Rufus Jenckes, b. in said Smitlifield at a date not given ; 
cer. Nov. 10, 1822. Issue, b. in said Smitlifield. — 

2222—1. Knfns Jenckes, b. Nov. 5, 1827; m. Martha E. Angell. 

Occupation, characteristics, etc., not given. George Jenckes d. 
Jan. 18, 188.5. Mrs. Mary (Ballou) Jenckes\ d. June 20, 188.5, in 
her 87tli yr. Their residence was in the part' of old Smitlifield 
now Lincoln, R. I. 

[077.] Ei'HiiAiM Ballou", Dr. Peter', Peter', Peter", John"', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smitlifield, R. I., Nov. 9, 1800; went to sea, and all 
trace of him lost. 

[078.] Anna Ballou", Dr. Peter', Peter', Peter", John% Matu- 
rin'; b. in Smitlifield, R. I., Dec. 24, 1802; m. 1st Bemhed Dyer, 
son of Joseph and Lydia (Tifft) Dyer, b. in Johnston, R. I., at a 
date not ascertained ; cer. 1818, the bride being in her IGth yr. 
Issue, b. in Smitlifield, R. I. — 

222::5-l. Lydia Dyer, b. Nov. li), ISli); m. Horatio Nelson Mowry. 
2224—2. Amey Sumner Dyer, b. June 18, '22; m. 1st S. B. Cook, 2d H. T. 

Resolved Dyer d. at a date not given. Mrs. Anna" m. 2d Jere- 
miah Jenckes, son of Capt. Rufus and Amey (Arnold) Jenckes, b. 


ill Smitlitield, R. I., Ano-. 1(5, 180G ; eer. Mar. 31, 1827. No issue. 
Jeremiah Jenckes became insane, aud d. in a New Hampsliire 
hospital, date not ascertained. Mrs. Anna" d. Oct. 2, 1839, a. 36 
yrs. 8 mos. and 9 ds. 

We will conclude this family descent here, as more convenient 
than to defer it. 

[2223.] Lydia Dyer', dr. of Resolved and Anna (Ballon) Dj^er, 
b. in Smithlield, R. I., Nov. 19, 1819 ; m. 1st Horatio Nelson 
Moumj, at a. date not given. Issue, — 

2225—1. Horatio Nelson Mowry, Jr\ 

Horatio Nelson Mowry went to C-aliforiiia in 1849, an adventurer 
for g-old. His wife followed him thither in 1851. He returned 
East in 18C1 or 2, perhaps on business, aud d. very suddenlj^ in 
Providence, R. I. Mrs. Lydia subsequently m. 2d Ji\ Y. Lathrop, 
a very worthy gentleman of San Francisco, Cal. We have been 
referred to him for date and particulars, but have not deemed it 
necessary to write him on the subject. Mrs. Lydia' d. in San 
Francisco July 15, 1883, a. G3 yrs. 7 mos. and 27 ds. 

Horatio Nelson Mowry, Jr\, married, had a son named after 
himself, whose birth-date and whereabouts are not reported. 
Horatio Nelson Mowry, Jr\, d. in New Orleans of Yellow Fever 
Nov. 7, 1877 ; his infant son Horatio N.^ being about two yrs. old. 
Nothing- further told. 

[2224,] Amey Sumnek Dyek', dr. of Resolved and Anna (Bal- 
lon) Dyer, b. in Smithlield, R. I., June 18, 1822; m, 1st Seth Burr 
Cook, Jr., 1), in Boston, JNIass., Oct, 8, 1812 ; cer. in Providence, 
R. L, Mar. 10, 1844. Issue, besides several that d. young,— 

2226—1. Amey Isabel Cook, 1). June 12, 1848; m. Nelson White, 

Seth B. Cook, Jr., d. in Providence, R. I., Oct. 26, 1854, a. 32 
yrs. and 18 ds. 

Mrs. Amey' m. 2d ILnry Tyler Switn, son (^f Daniel Swan, a 
native of Connecticut ; cer. in Providence, R. I., Oct. 11, 1855. 
No issue reported. He d. Apl. 26, 1874 ; since which Mrs. Amey' 
has lived a worthy widow, residing latterly with a widowed aunt 
in Lincoln, R, I, • 

[2226,] Amey Isabel Cook", b, in Providence, R, I., June 12, 
1848 ; m. Nehon Wlilte, b. in Scituate, R. I., Feb. 4, 1848, date of 
cer. not given. Issue, a son 16 yrs. old and a dr. 14, names aud 


bii-th-dates not g-iveii. Nothiiifi' further commuuicated, and here 
this descent closes. 

[679.] Amey Ballou", Dr. Peter', Peter', Peter', John", Ma- 
turiii' ; b. in Smithtield, R. I., Feb. 18, 1805 ; m. Siidt/i Jcnckcs, son 
of Capt. Rufus and Aniey (Arnold) Jeuckes, b. in said Smithtield 
Mar. 15, 1802 ; cer. there Dec. 1832. They never had any chn. 
They were excellent persons, exemplary members of the Baptist 
Church for many years, and highly esteemed by all who knew 
them. He was an industrious farmer, but more famous as a 
manufacturer of first quality lime casks. He d. in now Lincoln, 
P. I., May 22, 188(5, a. 81 yrs. 2 mos. and 7 ds. His venerable 
widow was surviving at recent advices. 

[680.] Petek Ballou", Dr. Peter', Peter', Peter', John', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., May 8, 1807; m. EUna Balloa, dr. 
of William and Rebecca (AVilbur) Ballou, b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Oct. 10, 1810 ; cer. in said Smithfield, Nov. 11, 1831. Issue, b. 
there. — 
2337—1. Amanda Jaue Ballon, 1j. Sept. 30, 1883; m. William W. Winsor. 

Peter Ballou" and wife resided in his native neighborhood, 
formerly Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I. We are not apprised of 
his occupation ; but his dr., Mrs. Amanda Jane Winsor, who has 
rendered us excellent service as an intelligent correspondent con- 
cerning her branch of our great family, says of her father. — " My 
father was a tall, well formed, well pri^portioned man, respected 
by all who knew him ; and a l)etter, kinder father never lived. 
He died very suddenly of heart disease." He d. Feb. 6, 1872, a. 
64 yrs. 8 mos. and 28 ds. Mrs. Eliza, his venerable wid., survives 
at the present writing, July 1886. Her home has long- been with 
her kind dr., Mrs. AVinsor, with whom she is enjoying a com- 
fortable old age. Mrs. Winsor's record will appear in the next 
serial lineage of generations. 

[681.] Newton Sheldon Ballou", Dr. Peter' (by 2d wife Ruth 
Sheldon), Peter', Peter', John", Matmin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., 
May 29, 1820; m. Eliza C/doe Gn'ihl, dr. of Timothy and Esther 
(Smith) Guild, b. in Franklin, Mass., Dec. 30, 1821 ; cer. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Oct. 1, 1846, by Rev. Horatio Horton. Issue, b. in 
said Cumberland. — 

3238—1. Until Emily, b, Ang. 11, 1847; m. Albert W. Howard. 


222!)— 2. Abbie E., b. Mar. 21), T)!; m. Fnink E. White Oct. 2, 1879. 
2280—8. Austin A., 1). Mar. 10, '54; iii. Cornelia R. Peters Dec. 10, 1878. 

Newton S. Ballon" settled, lived aud d. iu Cuuiberland, E. I., a 
respectal)le farmer. He and liis wife were qniet, indnstrious, 
orderly and exemplary pers(ins, and lironglit np wortliy elm. He 
d. Jmie 20, 1872, a. 52 yrs. and 21 ds. She d. Dec. 30, 1883, a. 62 
yrs. Here is a fnll, explicit, straight-forward family record, ob- 
tained from the only son, Mr. Anstin A. Ballon. We commend it 
to all who desire to keep and report sncli a document. 

We have next to deal with the chn. of Elsie Ballon", Peter\ 
Peter", John', Matnrin'. She m. Sabbinns Pierce of Monson, 
Mass., and had 9 chn., as heretofore written. We shall make 
broken and imperfect work in tracing this family ; for onr infor- 
mation is lindted and fragmentary. 

[682.] Mai!Y Pierce", Sabbinns and Elsie Ballon', Peter', Peter', 
John"', Matnrin' ; b. in Monson, Mass., Jnly 12, 1798 ; m. Turphi 
J>'nrlxi< of East Longmeadow, Mass. No more told. No fnrther 

[683.] Sabha Piekce", next in age, b. Mar. 1, 1800 ; lived some 
time iu Woonsocket, R. I. Nothing else reported. No fnrther 

[684.] Otis Piekce', Sabbinns and Elsie Ballon', Peter', Peter', 
John", Matnrin'; b. in Monson, Mass., Nov. 14, 1801; m. no name, 
date or particnlars given. Issue, only one son named. — 

2281 — 1. Henry O. Pierce, b. not given; lived in Agawani, Mass. 
Otis" d. Eel). 10, 1864. No more told. No further traced. 

[685.] Sabbinus PiEiiCE, Jk.'', Sabbinns and Elsie Ballon", 
Peter', Peter', John", Matnrin' ; b. in Monson, Mass., Aug. 18, 
1804; m. Dvhorah Aivord, b. Sept. 8, 1807, j^tge. not given; cer. 
Nov. 11, 1838. Issue.— 

3232—1. Eol)ert E. R. Pierce, b. Oct. 28, 1840; d. Sept. 17, 1860. 

2288—2. Maria A. Pierce,) b. June 28, '48; m. John House Aiig. 

■ Twins, 10, I8(j(). 

2284—8. Mary E. Pierce, ) b. June 28, '48; d. June 11, 1848. 

2285—4. Charles Pierce, b. June 25, '45; d. Feb. 10, 1804. 

2236—5. Martha A. Pierce, b. Oct. 15, '47; ni. Thos. Irwin Jan. 24, 1867. 

3237—6. Sarah J. Pierce, b. Feb. 22, '50; m. J. Wesley House Dec. 20, 1868. 

2288—7. William T. Pierce, b. Apl. 15, '52. 

2289—8. Celina E, Pierce, 1). Aug. 18, '54, 


Sabbiiins, Jr.", d. Oct. 21), 1804. Mrs. Debonili luul previously 
d. Dec. 11, 18()1. Nothing- given indicates where the parents 
Hved and died, where their chn. were born, or the family char- 
acteristics. The drs., Mrs. Martha A. (Pierce) Irwin, and Mrs. 
Sarah J. (Pierce) House, had Ijrief married lives, Martha d. Aug. 
31, 1869, and Sarah in 1870. This family no further traced. 

[()8().] Elisha Piekce", Sal)binus and Elsie Ballon", Peter', 
Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in Monson, Mass., Apl. 7, l8U(j; m. 
Ildnnah Sherimoi, b. May 1(5, 1811, parentage not given; cer. 
Apl. 30, 1882. Issue, b. prob. in Springfield, Mass. — 

2340—1. Miiriii E. Pierce, b. July 81, 1838; at home with her mother in 1875. 

2341—2. Willium C. Pierce, 1). June 25, '85; m. Mary J. Keide June 80, 1863. 

2242—8. Albert E. Pierce; b. July 20, '87; m. Ella J. Stevens May 9, .1871. 

2348—4. J. Elizabeth Pierce, 1). Feb. 29, '44; m. James S. Quin Oct. 28, 18G3. 

Elisha Pierce" d. in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 23, 1864. Mrs. 
Hannah his wddow, was surviving in A})!. 1875. No characteris- 
tics given, l)ut we infer good average moral and social standing. 
As it is improbable that Ave can bring down their descendants to 
a later period than 1875, we will here insert what data we already 
possess concerning the gt. grand chn. 

William C Pierce' m. Mary J. Eeide, b. Jan. 17, 1840; cer. June 80, 18(33. 
Issue. — Albert Eeide Pierce", b. Feb. 4, 18(38; Robert Henry Pierce% b. Apl. 
30, 1870; and William Elisha Pierce^ b. July 8, 1873. 

Albert E. Pierce' m. Ella J. Stevens, b. May 11, 1858; cer. May 9, 1871. 
Issue. — Hannah Sherman Pierce\ b. Mar. 35, 1873, and Carrie Maria Pierce", 
b. Sept. 30, 1874. 

J. Elizabeth Pierce' m. James S. Quin, b. Oct. 24, 1888; cer. Oct. 38, 1863. 
Issue.— Sarah S. Quin", b. Aug. 7, 1863; DeWitt C. Pierce Quin". b. Apl. 10, 
1867; and Louis Callett Quin", b. Apl. 3, 1870. These several gt. grand chn. 
of Elsie (Ballon) Pierce, thus brought in before their generation, are left 

[687.] Hakvey Pierce", Sabbinus and Elsie Ballou", Peter', 
Peter\ John", Maturin'; b. in Monsou, Mass., Sept. 12, 1809; was 
drowned Dec. 19, 1834 — no particulars given. 

[688.] Elsie Piekce", the next in age, b. May 16, 1812; d. Oct. 
20, 1830. 

[689.] Makantha Pierce", Sabbinus and Elsie Ballon'; h. in 
Monson, Mass., Mar., 1815 ; m. W/'(lia//t Vomeroy of Agawani, 
Mass., and was living there in 1875; but nothing more is told, 
and will be no further traced. 



[690.] George Piekce", the young-est of Elsie (Ballon) Pierce's 
elm., was b. in Mousou, Mass., July 24, 1817, and tl. in 1823. We 
regret having had no success and seeiuing-ly no means of tracing- 
these Pierce cousins accurately. 

We come now to the descendants of James Ballon", Maturin', 
in the 6th and 7tli generations. We have consigned to no further 
tracement the Jillsons, who sprang from Sarah Ballou', James"*, 
James", Maturin'. These were designated by Nos. 691 to 745 in 
in the sixth generation. And so passing over all these we reach — 

[746.] RoBiE Rounds', Martin Rounds and Jemima Ballou'', 
Ariel', James^ James", Maturin' ; b. in AV. Wrentham or northern 
border of Cumberland, R. I., prob. in 1765 ; m. JSkithau HoHort of 
Rehoboth, Mass., sou of Lieut. James Horton, a Revolutionary 
officer ; cer. Mar. 20, 1785, by Elder N. Pearce. Issue, under- 
stood to have been born in said Rehoboth. — 

2244—1. Mary Horton, b. Nov. 3, 1786; not reported. 

2245 — 2. Ariel Ballon Horton, b. Ang. 11, '88; m. and liad chn. 

2246—3. Lydia Horton, b. May 15, '90; not reported. 

2247 — 4. James Horton, b. May 20, '92; m, and had chn., iintraeed. 

2248 — 5. Nathan Horton, b. Jan. 29, '94; m. iind had chn., nntraced. 

2249 — 6. Otis Horton, b. not given ; m. and had chn. ; 1 son at least. 

2250 — 7. George S. Horton, b. Mar. 29, 1803; m. and had chn., nntraced. 

2251 — 8. Darins Horton, b. not given; m. and had chn. nntraced. 

Believed to have been worthy people, and of good social stand- 
ing. Nathan Horton made his will Feb. 8, 1822, and d. soon 
after. His son Ariel B. administered on his estate. The youngest 
two sons being imder age, their widowed mother was appointed 
their guardian Apl. 2, 1822. She d. Dec. 22, 1827. 

Our data for the seventh and eighth generations of this family 
are so limited and imperfect, that we will annex it to this entry, 
rather than defer it to its chronological place. Ariel Ballou 
Horton' m. and had chn. Whether m. more than once we are 
uncertain. But we find named as his chn. sons, Hiram", Horace"? 
Gilbert M.", and Ariel B., Jr." ; also drs., Mercy", who m. Joseph 
Horton ; and Almira", wife of William Rounds. Perhaps there 
was another child or more. These cousins were hard to trace, 
and not over gifted with helpfulness in getting into genealogical 
notoriety. Whether Mary' and Lydia' ever m. and had chn., 
nothing was told us. Concerning James', Nathan', Otis', and 
Darius', Mr. Otis H. Horton" wrote the senior proprietor of this 
work, under date of South Rehoboth, Mass., Apl. 18, 1885, that he 
was unable to fill out our circular, that Otis' was his father, that 


the above named were all dead, l)ut luul cliu. living', tV:c. But he 
does not tell who liis father and uncles m., nor specify the names 
or number of their elm., nor even g-ive his oavu birth-date ; all 
of which, in spite of kind intentions, fails to meet our wants. We 
must therefore leave the later descendants of Eobie (Kouuds) 
Horton" in reg-retted obscurity. 

[747.] James Ballou Bounds", Martin Bounds and Jemima 
Ballon', ArieP, James', James", Maturin' ; b. near the border line 
between Wrentham, Mass., and Cumlierland, B. I., prob. in 1767 ; 
m. Elizabeth Bliiis of Behoboth ; cer. July 29, 1792, by Elder Jacob 
Hix. Issue, b. in said Behoboth. — 

3252—1. Sarah Konnds, b. Aug. 15, 1798; m. 1st Wm. Sinimous, 2(1 Angle 

2253—2. Snsau Rounds, b. Sept. 28, 1801; d. u. m. Oct. 1, 18G1, a. 04 yrs. 
2254— .3. Betsey Rounds, b. May 10, '04; d. u. ni. July 21, 1883, a. 80 yrs. 
2255—4. Louisa Rounds, b. Fel). 25, '09; d. u. m. Jan. 22, 18.34, a. 25 yrs. 
2256—5. Julia A. Rounds, b. Oct. 10, '13; m. Isaac Bennett, Central I'alls, 

R. I. 
2257—6. Arnold Ballou Rounds, h. '10; d. 1819. 

Worthy people ; but their family is nearly extinct — only a rem- 
nant left. The eldest dr. m. 1st Wm. Simmons of Behoboth, Jan, 
1817, and had Abby Ann, b. Feb. 25, 1818, who d. 1820 ; and So- 
pliia, b. in 1820, m. a Mr. Parks, and went West. Then Mr. Sim- 
mons d., and she subsequently m. Angie Martin of Behoboth. 
Issue.— Caroline W., b. in 1830 ; and Mary E., b. in 1839. Who 
of these survive we know not. Mrs. Julia A. Bennett and hus- 
band are still living- at Central Falls, B. I., but have no elm. 
James Bounds" d. in Behoboth, Mass., Mar. 25, 1853, in his 87th 
yr. Mrs. Bachel had long preceded him; having- d. Sei)t. 20, 
1822. So we have no occasion to pursue this family farther. 

[748.] Phebe Bounds", Martin Bounds and Jemima Ballon', 
Ariel', James', James', Maturin', ; b. near the boundary line be- 
tween Wrentham, Mass., and Cumberland, B. I., not far from 
1709; m. JJavid Pierce of Warren, B. I.; cer. Feb. 8, 1789. 
Issue, b. prob. in said Warren. — 

2258—1. Allen Pierce, b. no date given; went to the unsearchable West. 
2259—2. Phebe Pierce, b. " " ; m. Benj. G. Short, Apl. 10, 1820. 

2260-3. Daniel Pierce, b. " " ; and no more told. 

2261—4. Eliza P. Pierce, b. " " ; m. Luther M. Borden, Warren, 

R. L 

This paucity of dates does not delig-ht us. We are sure that 


both x^i^i'Guts and chn. were worthy of a more siieeiiic record. 
And to make the case still worse, no death-dates of the parents 
are g-iven. Well, we must make the l:)est of what is fnrnished ns. 
It does not appear that Mrs. and Mr. Benjamin were blessed with 
chn. He d. Jan. 15, 1835. Mrs. Phebe\ his wid., d. Sept. 16, 
1861, a. 67 yrs. and 10 mos. ; which shows that she must have 
been b. not tar from 1793. DanieF disappears from the mortal 
horizon in strang-e silence. Eliza P.' m. Lnther M. Borden of 
Warren, R. I., at an ungiven date. We have a fragmentary speci- 
fication of their posterity ; but it is too nnsatisfactorj^ to transcribe. 
So we bid adieu to this lineage with the death-dates of Lnther M. 
Borden and Eliza P\ He d. Jan. 17, 1864, a. 67 yrs. She d. May 
20, 1881, a. 78 yrs. and 7 mos. 

[749.] Layina Bounds", Martin Bounds and Jemima Ballon', 
Arie.r, James'', James", Maturin' ; b. near the boundary line be- 
tween Wrentham, Mass., and Cumberland, B. I., not far from 
1771; m. 1st T/ioinas IJorton, Jr., oi Behoboth, Mass.; cer. Nov. 
23, 1794, by Elder Jacob Hix. Issue.— 

23G2 — 1. Lyclia Horton, uo l)irtli-date given; m. James Case, no date. 

Thomas Horton, Jr., d., no date. His wid. subsequently m. 
2d J oh) I liOiiJtds, no date; and had — 

2203—2. Martin Bounds, no birtli-date ; who lives in Bridgewater, Mass. 
2264—8. Lavina Bounds, " "' ; m. Charles Howard, now deed. 

Lavina (Bounds) Bounds' d. in 1882. Of her 2d husband no more 
told. Lydia Horton', who m. James Case, had Mary Case", no 
birth-date, who m. Thomas Bosworth ; James Case", no birth-date, 
who m. and settled in Middleborougii, Mass. ; and Gardner Case", 
no birth-date, who d. in California. Lavina", the widow of Charles 
Howard, now lives in Brockton, Mass. If our readers are enrap- 
tured with such definite and exact genealogy as this, we do not 
envy them their felicity. Farewell to our cousins, the descendants 
of our aunt Jemima (Ballon) Bounds\ 

[750.] ZiBA Cook", Ezekiel (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter,) 
and Jerusha Ballon^ Ariel', James", James"', Maturin'; b. in Bel- 
lingham, Mass., May 6, 1764; m. Joanna Aldric/i, dr. of Setli and 
Amey (Cook) Aldrich, b. in LTxbridge, Mass., Oct. 14, 1771; cer. 
not exactly ascertained, but bans pub. in Bellingham, Dec. 3, 1787. 
Issue, b. in said Bellingham. — 


2205—1. Duty Cook, b. Oct. 5, 1798; m. Ist Hansi Mowry, 2(1 A. Feiuier, 

3d P. Scott. 

22fiG— 2. Nalium Cook, h. Mar. 28, '96; m. Sybil Balcome Mar. 28, 1822. 

22G7— 3. Eunice Cook, b.-July 11, ISOO; m. Stephen Lewett Oct. 14, 1833. 

2208—4. Ziba Cook, Jr., b. Mar. 10, '04; ni. Miranda SatUer of Ui)t()n, Mass. 

2269—5. Joanna Cook, b. July 7, '06; residing in Bellingham at last advices. 

2270—6. Amey Cook, b. Sept. 25, '09; d. u. m. Apl. 6, 1834. 

Worthy, religious, and exemplary people. Mrs. Joanna (Al- 
drich) Cook d. in Bellingliam, Oct. 27, 1836, a. 65 yrs. and 13 ds. 
Ziba Cook" d, in Mendon, Mass., July 15, 1840, a. 76 yrs, 2 mos. 
and 9 ds. 

[751.] EzEKiEL Cook, Je"., Ezekiel (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter,) and Jernsha Ballon", Arier, James^, James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Belling'ham, Mass., Aug-. 18, 1771; m. Joanna Pickering of 
Mendon ; cer. May 9, 1791, by Rev. Noah Alden. Issue, b. prob. 
in Mendon, South Parish, now Blackstone, Mass. — 

2271—1. Ariel Cook, b. July 18, 1792; m. Joanna Cass. 

3272—2. Lncina Cook, b. Feb. 6, '94; unreported. 

2273—3. Lueinda Cook, b. Jan. 8, '96; m. Nathan Joslin Apl. 12, 1S19. 

2274—4. Pearley Cook, b. Apl. 13, 1802; unreported. 

2275—5. Uranah Cook, b. July 4, '04; m. Burrill Pickering, set. in O. 

2276—6. Cyrene Cook, b. Apl. 28, '07; unreported. 

2277—7. Joanna Cook, b. May 31, '11; ni. Marvin Rowland Jan. 2, 1831. 

2278—8. Esther Cook, b. Apl. 5, '14; m. Simon Keith, Woonsocket, R. I. 

2279—9. Ezekiel Cook, Jr., b. Jan. — '17; d. u. m. 1845. 

Characteristics of Ezekiel Cook, Jr"., and wife not g-iven. We 
trust they were decent at least. He d. Mar. 8, 1818, prob. in an 
apoplectic fit, as he was found dead on a cart path, near a pair of 
bars, leading- homeward from a wood lot where he had been chop- 
ping. His widow survived him some years, but we have not her 
death -date. 

[752.] Uranah Cook', Ezekiel (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter,) and Jerusha Bailout Ai-ieP, James', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Belhngiiam, Mass., Sept. 10, 1775; m. Seth Cook; cer. in Belling-- 
hani May 28, 1795. Who this Seth Cook was we are somewhat 
uncertain. The record of his mg-e. says he was of Glocester; but 
whatever his then residence was, we conjecture that he maj^ have 
been his bride's cousin, a son of Daniel Cook (Dea. Nicholas, 
Nicholas, Walter,) b. in Bell. Jan. 27, 1765. We leave this as a 
mere conjecture. Whether they had ofispring- or not has never 
been reported to us, and we shall attempt no tracement. 








[753.] Jerusha Cook", Ezekiel, (Dea. Nicliolas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter,) and Jenislia Ballon", Ariel', James", James", Matnrin' ; b. in 
Belling-liam, Mass., Nov. 10, 1777; m. Daniel Arnold, son of John 
and Amey (Bartlett) Arnold, 1). in Cumberland, R. I. ; cer, Dec. 
28, 1798, by Stephen Metcalf, J. P. Issue, b. in said Bellingham.— 

Mary Aruold, h. Aug. 24, 1799; m. Kev. Ahaz Aklricli. 

Daniel Arnold, Jr., h. Oct. 29, 1803; m. 1st Miranda Thayer, 2d 

Jane Martin. 
Ovinda Arnold, li. Feb. 7, '05; m. Adams J. Barber. 
Pamelia Arnold, b. Sept. 4, '07; m. Jnstus Aldricli. 
Oriu Arnold, b. Nov. 12, '16; d. Jan. 7, 1817. 

We had sufficient personal acquintance with Daniel Arnold and 
his wife Jerusha (Cook) Arnold'', to feel warranted in pronouncing- 
them persons of sterling- moral worth in their domestic and social 
relations. She d. July IG, 1860, a. 82 yrs. 8 mos. and G ds. He d. 
Mar. 15, 1885, a. 83 yrs. 

[754 and 755] of this family d. young-. 

[756]. Esther Cook", Ezekiel- (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter,) and Jerusha Ballon", Ariel', James\ James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Bellingham, Mass., Dec. 22, 178-4; m. Ahel Aldrieh, pedigree, <fec., 
not g-iyen; bans pub. in Bell. Apl. 6, 1802; cer. doubtless soon 
after. Issue, b. in Uxbridg"e, Mass. — 

2285—1. Alvah Aldrieli, b. Nov. 16, 1802; m. Amey Cook Apl. 8, 1837. 
228G— 3. Osborn Aldrieh, b. Feb. 12, '06; m. Ann Aldrieh Sept. 3, 1830. 

Worthy people so far as we know or believe. Mrs. Esther" d. 
in Bellingham, Mass., July 10, 1869, a. 84 yrs. 6 months and 17 ds. 
The death-date of Abel Aldrieh not ascertained. 

[757.] Ariel Aldrich", Phihp Aldrieh and Chloe Ballou', 
Ariel', James^, James", Maturin' ; b. at a place and date not ascer- 
tained; m. somewhere, sometime, a lady whose Christian name 
was Lucy. And they had born to them somewhere, sometime, 
the following- named chn. — 

2287 — 1. Silas Aldrieh; who is said to have lived in Wales, N. Y. 
3388 — 2. Philip Aldrieh; who is said to have lived in Oxford and Zera, 
Upper Canada. 

2389 — 3. Jane Aldrieh; who is said to have lived in Oxford and Zera, 

Upper Canada. 

2390 — 4. Almon Aldrieh ; who lived in iiarts unknown. 

2391 — 5. Peter Aldrieh; who is said to have lived in same vicinit3' with 



23!)3 — 6. Henry Aklricli; who is siiid to have lived in same vicinity with 

2298 — 7. Hannah Aldrich ; nothing reported. 

2294—8. Lucy Aldrich; " 

2295 — 9. Phebe Aldrich; m. Philo Phelps, and lived in London District, 
U. C. 

229G — 10. Betsey Aldrich ; m. Calvin Th(n"nton, and lived in London Dis- 
trict, U. C. 

2297 — 11. Lovina Aldrich; lived in same District of Upper Canada. 

Here is a treat for lovers of tlie iiidelinite. If we were clair- 
voyant, or could liy on the Aviugs of the wind, such an ample 
family as this should not be left to waste their consanguineous 
" fragTance on the desert air." They should be better known to 
their cousins who are to study this volume. But we are tethered 
to a point in time and space, and our inquiries have failed to 
elicit any thing- beyond the above. Whosoever will know more 
must please visit the London District in Upper Canada. Ariel 
Aldrich's descendants no further traced. 

[758.] Joanna Aldrich", Philip Aldrich and Cliloe Ballou", 
Arier, Janies^, James', Maturin' ; b. in a place and at a date not 
given ; m. Jacob Martin, son of Moses and Kuth (Aldrich) Martin, 
b. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 28, 1775 ; cer. in Eichmond Mar. 4, 
1796. Issue, b. in said Eichmond, at dates imperfectly ascer- 
tained. — 

2298—1. Esther Martin, b. abont 1802; m. Kendall Fisher. 

2299—2. Moses Martin, b. " '04; he lived and d. in Iowa. 

2300—3. Aphemia Martin, b. " 'Ofi; m. Joseph Davenport, and d. 1826. 

2301—4. Aart)n Martin, b. " '08; m. 1st Cynthia Hawkins, 2d C. 


2302—5. Jacob Martin, b. " '11; m. Susanna Buckner. 

2303—6. Asahel A. Martin, 1). " '14; m. Polly Maria Hiller. 

2304—7. Lydia Martin, b. perhaps '18; m. James T. Ehodes, Pontiac, Mich. 

Jacob Martin, the father of these clin., was thrown from his 
horse in Eichmond, N. H., and instantly killed, between 1813 
and '15. His wid. Joanna' followed her father into Hamburg, 
Erie Co., N. Y., taking her chn., or most of them, along Avitli her. 
She is said to have subsequently m. a 2d husband, and moved to 
Michigan ; but our information on this point is not clear. She d. 
in Hamburg, N. Y., Avitli her son Aaron about 1842 or '43. Data 
fragmentary, vague and obscure. No further traced. 

[759.] Pamelia Aldrich", Philip and Chloe Ballou", ArieP, 
James', James", Maturin' ; b. perhaps in Wallingford, Vt., or that 


vicinity; m. iSet/i Spragae. Here ag-ain we are in the trackless 
wilderness, and can only tell wliat we deduce from a laconic letter, 
Avritten to Mr. Peck by Mrs. Lemira (Spragne) Olds of Elkliart, 
Polk County, la., dated Dec. 6, 1874. We take Mrs. Olds to be 
the youngest dr. of Painelia and Seth Sprag'ue. The substance 
of her letter is. — " I am the daughter of Pamelia and Setli 
Sprague. I don't know any thing- about the brothers and sisters 
of my mother. My In'others and sisters are all dead. I don't 
know any thing- about their dates of birth and death. I can give 
you their names. — 

2305 — 1. Herniau Spraguu, uutraced. 

2800—3. Setli Sprague, " 

2807 — 3. Amanda Sprague, " 

2308 — 4. Lemira Sprague, tliat is myself. 

These are all that are left children. Lemira Olds." 

Thus far and no farther. It seemed useless to attempt pene- 
trating into the iuAvardness of this inscrutable family record. 
Who Setli Sprague was ; when and where he was b ; when, where 
and by whom married ; how many clin. he and his Avife had ; 
where and when the living or dead were b. ; when, where and to 
whom each married ; the names, birth-places and birth-dates of 
their respective clin. ; when and where the departed d., etc., con- 
cerning all these particulars we are obliged to say — no further 
traced. Considerate reader, take a lesson from such genealogical 
reports, and qualify thyself to make better ones. Have pity on 
anxious, inquiring g'enealogists. 

[760.] Aevilla Aldrich", Philip and Cliloe Ballou", Ariel', 
James', James', Maturin' ; b. perhaps in Wallingford, Vt., or 
vicinity, Apl. 12, 1787; m. Joseph Huwkhts; b. somewhere in the 
State of N. H. Oct 4, 1789 ; cer. perhaps in Wallingford, Vt., in 
1808. Issue, the eldest b. in Vt., all the others in Hamburg, 
N. Y.— 

2309 — 1. Cynthia Hawkins, b. June 25, 1809; m. her coiisin Aaron Martin. 

2310 — 2. Pamelia Hawkins, b. Aug. 23, '11; m. Alanson Osborn. 

2311 — 3. Laiu'a A. Hawkins, b. Nov. 22, '14; m. Maurice Osborn. 

2312 — 4. Ransom Hawkins, b. Nov. 22, '15; m. Rosetta Snyder. 

2313—5. Betsey Hawkins, b. Oct. 23, '18; m. 1st C. Snyder, 2d Wm. Sprague. 

2314—6. Pliilip Hawkins, b. July 15, '20; m. Amarilla P. Hawkins, 

2315—7. Joanna Hawkins, b. July 6, '25; d. Dec. 29, 1843w 

2310 — 8. Polly Hawkins, b. '27; d. at the age of 9 mos, 


Here desirable landmarks g-reet our attention. Josei)li Hawkins 
was a diligent and respectable farmer, and Arvilla" was his worthy 
helpmeet. They reared up a resi)ectable family to bless their re- 
si)ective domestic and social circles. We shall trace them down- 
ward with pleasure to later generations. Joseph and Arvilla" 
moved from Vt. and set. in Hamburg, N. Y., in the year ISOH. 
He served as a soldier in the war of 1812 on the Canadian fron- 
tier. Mrs. Arvilla d. June 28, 1852. He d. Oct. 4, 18()8. 

[760|.] Lucy Sayles", Elisha Sayles (Kiehard, Eichard, John, 
Thomas) and Catherine Ballon', Ariel', James', James', Maturing 
b. in Franklin, Mass., Sept. 20, 1777 ; m. J<trrie,^ Boyden, Jr., of 
Wrentham, Mass. ; cer. July 2, 1795. Issue, b. we suppose in said 
Wrentham. — 

3817—1. Elisha Hayles Boyden, 1). May 1!», 1797; no further reported. 
2318—2. Catharine Sayle.s Boyden, b. dateless; d. dateless. 
2319—3. James Boyden, Jr., b. " ; d. 

These were people of respectable social standing, but all our 
inquiries have failed to elicit any thing more definite than the 
above. They passed away many years ago, but we have never 
found their death-date. No further traced. 

[761.] Akiel Sayles", EHsha Sayles (Richard, Eichard, John, 
Thomas) and Catherine J3allou', Ariel', James*, James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Franklin, Mass., June 5, 1780 ; m. Luq/ Evans of AVrentham, 
Mass., pedigree, &c., not found; cer. Nov. 8, 1807, by Eev. J. 
Cleaveland. Issue, b. in said Wrentham. — ■ 

2320—1. Elizabeth E. Sayles, b. Feb. 9, 1810; d. dateless. 

3321—2. William C. Sayles, b. '11; d. Ai)l. 7, 1812, a. 1 yr, 

2322—3. Paulinus A. Sayles, b. Mar. 12, '14; reported dead. 

Ariel" d. in Wrentham Sept. 15, 1814, in his 35th yr. His widow 
subsequently m. Mr. Luther Fisher. No further traced. 

[762.] EiCHAKD Sayles", Elisha Sayles (Eichard, Eichard, 
John, Thomas,) and Catherine Ballou\ Ariel', James', James", 
Maturin' ; b. in No. Wrentham, now Norfolk, Mass., July 20, 
1782 ; m. Betsey Jones of Medway, b. Jan. 1783 ; cer. prob. in 
Medway, Mass., not far from 1802, the authentic record not found. 
Issue, b. the 1st and 5th in said No. Wrentham, noAv Norfolk, 
Mass. — the 2d, 3d and -Itli in Medway, Mass. — 

2323—1. Nathan Jones Sayles, b. Oct. 27, 1804; d. Feb. 3, 1834. 



3324—2. Sally Clark Sayles, b. Juue 21, '00; m. Lewis Boyden of Walpole, 

2325—8. Richard Addison Sayles, b. Sept. 14, '08; m. 1st P. Bangs, 2d B. 

2320—4. Ann Oalista Sayles, b. Mar. 1, '10; m. Abijali Clark. 
2327—5. Betsey Maria Sayles, b. Aug. 3, '20; m. Jacob N. Brayne. 

These p;ii'ents and clin. ull of excellent social standing in the 
middle ranks of New England life. Eichard" d. in Oct. 1841, and 
Mrs. Betsey d. in Jan. 1868. We are indebted largely to Mrs. 
Abijah Clark of Rockville, Mass., with the helpful hand of her dr. 
Addie A. Clark, for this and much other data in this family con- 

[7G8.] AviLDA Sayles", dr. of Elisha and Catherine Ballon', d. 

[764.] Lavinia Sayles", Elisha (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Catherine Ballon'', ArieF, James'', James", Maturin' ; b. in No. 
Wrentham, now Norfolk, Mass., Oct. 20, 1788 ; m. JLinsell Khiihall 
pedigree, birth-date, &c., uutraced ; no record of the marriage yet 
found, but the date cannot be far from 1820. Issue. — 

2328-1- Joliu Sayles Kimball, 1). Wrentham, Mass., Feb. 27, 1821; m. d. 

2329—2. Willard Sayles Kimball, b. " " Mar. 25, '28, d. young. 

2380 — 8. Catherine Kimball, no date found; sup. d. young. 

2381 — 4. Mary Kimball, " " d. u. m. in youthful bloom. 

2332 — 5. George Kimball, " " m. as below and soon d. 

Here we have another strange case of an unsearchable family 
history. We made strenuous and persistent efforts to obtain a 
decent genealogical account of Mrs. Lavinia (Sayles) Kimball's 
record ; she being one of our first cousins, and having lived 
within comparatively hailing distance of us. But we had poor 
success. She was understood to have inherited her father's family 
Bible, whose contents we were anxious to ascertain. We traced 
them to Manchester, N. H., where they dwelt several years. The 
most we could learn was that Mrs. Lavinia died there, and not 
long afterward her dr. Mary, an amiable young lady, greatly be- 
loved ; that the eldest son John S. married a Miss Buttertield, 
Nov. 17, 1844, and soon d. without issue ; that the youngest son, 
George, m. his bro. John's widow, and also soon d. without issue ; 
and finally that the entire family was x^i'obably extinct. A sad 

[765.] WiLLAiiD Sayles", Elisha (Richard, Richard, John, 


Thomas) and Catlierine Ballon', Ariel', James', James", Matnrin' ; 
b. in Medtield, Mass., Mar. 1, 1793 ; m. Miuia Franeocav, dr. of 
Jean Baptiste Francoenr, christened in Dijon, France, where he 
was born, bnt always called in this country simply John ; mother's 
maiden name Caroline Plimpton, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Dec. 25, 
1793, (christened by a Catholic priest as Marie Sebastian Fran- 
crenr, but always signing- her name Maria) ; cer. in said Wrentham 
June 9, 1810. Issue.— 

3333— 1. Lewis Francoeur Sayles, b. Wrentliam, Mar. 11, 1817; d. Fob. (1, 

2334— 3. John Francoeur Sayles, b. Wrentliam, Aug. 28, '18; d. Jan. 30, 


2335— 3. Caroline Franeoeiu- Sayles, b. Wrentham, Mar. 4, '21 ; m. John 

R. Brewer, Boston. 

2330— 4. Francis Willard Sayles, b. Boston, Sept. 29, '23; m. Jane H. 

2337— 5. Augustus Sayles, li. Boston, Mar. 14, '20; d. June 17, 1820. 

23.38— 0. Edward Sayles, b. " Apl. 5, '27; d. Oct. 2, 1828. 

2339— 7. Maria Sayles, b. " Feb. 1, '29; m. Ogden P. Edwards. 

■ 2340— 8. Harriet Sajdes, b. " Oct. 11, '31; m. Charles Francis. 

2341— 9. Henry Sayles, b. " Sept. 11, '34; yet u. m. 

2342—10. Helen Sayles, b. " Mar. 11, '37; m. Dr. John C. Sharp. 

Mrs. Maria (Francoeur) Sayles, the mother of these 10 chn. was 
of French descent both paternally and maternally, and a lady of 
most respectable distinction, as well as of admiral)le personal 
qualities and characteristics. Willard Sayles" was a man of fine 
natural endowments, accomplished manners, executive tact, and 
eminent success in financial enterprise. His educational privileges 
were not large, but he improved them to the utmost. We recol- 
lect him as our teacher in the common school of our native dis- 
trict, Cumberland, E I., perhaps in 1809. He was then about 
sixteen, and was at the outset of his career. He was of comely 
countenance, had brilliant l^lack eyes, was sprightly and graceful 
in all his movements, and altogether attractive. His school was a 
marked success — a pleasant one to all concerned. We were first 
cousins and mutual favorites, though he was ten years our senior. 
At the close of term he made us out a certificate of approbation, 
elegant and unique, wholly wrought by his ingenious pen, which 
we preserved many years. Strangely enough our personal ac- 
quaintance ended in that little school house, and we never met 
him afterward. In 1810 he spent his last course in Wrentham 
Academy, taught a winter district school in that town at the age 
of seventeen. Next he became a salesman in the then famous 


store of ])avid Fisher & Co. at Wrentliam Centre. There he 
charmed all the customers by his courtesy, delighted his em- 
ployers, eujoyed their highest coulidence, and began to lay up 
money. His first investment of capital was made in the Mans- 
field Manufacturing- Co., of Avliich he was chosen clerk early in his 
19th year. He soon rose to conspicuous partnership in the Fisher 
store, then doing a flourishing business in straw goods. His ascent 
up the mercantile ladder was thenceforth rapid and steady. He 
married a genial wife aud began to be a father. Wrentliam was 
not large enough to hold him, and he moved to Boston during the 
year 1822. There in 1826 he became a prominent partner in a 
large dry goods commission house, managed under the firm name 
of Tucker, Sayles and Hitchcock — an establishment Avhich has con- 
tinued in high credit through a succession of enterprising partner- 
ships down to the present time. But AVillard Sayles" did not con- 
fine his interests to that commission house. He invested ca]:)ital 
from time to time in manufacturing establishments — notably at 
Manchester, N. H., and Southbridge, Mass; being one of the 
pioneers of the now celebrated Amoskeag Co. in Manchester, aud 
of the Hamilton Woolen Co. in Southbridge. He was ahvays saga- 
cious, judicious, prudent, expansive, indomitably industrious and 
successful. But he virtually killed himself by intense overwork ; 
allowing himself only scanty relaxation, chiefly by rides into the 
country in a buggy with his wife. In one of these he passed 
Amoskeag Falls on the Merrimac, while yet scarcely occupied by 
the sim])lest mills, and pointed out to his wife the splendid water 
power there. He juobably suggested its subsequent grand utili- 
zation. At length he became subject to intolerable headaches and 
exhaustion. Then he began to think of releasing himself from his 
corroding cares ; but it was too late, and he died of apoplexy July 
7, 1847, a. only 54 yrs. 4 mos. and 6 ds. He was eulogized in the 
Boston papers as " one of the best, most enterprising, honorable 
and successful merchants, of that city. He left a large estate of 
more than half a million to his heirs. We liojied to receive some 
account of his political, religious and philanthropic characteristics, 
but for some reason have not been thus favored. His excellent 
wife and widow, Mrs. Maria, d. in Boston Feb. 25, 1874, a. 80 yrs. 
and 2 mos. 

[76(5.] Alpha Ballou", Duty', Ariel', James", James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 20, 1770; m. Jo/ui Kelly (Seth, Seth 
of Yarmouth, Mass.,) b. in Mendon, Mass., Dec. 12, 1776 ; car. 
May 14, 1801. Issue, b. in said M<mdon, now Blackstone. — 


3343—1. Maria Kelly, h. Mar. 23, 1S02; d. n. m. Dec. 15, 1S.')4. 

2344—2. Eebecea Kelly, b. Apl. 7, 'Ofi; ni. Edward B. Ratlil)im. 

2345—3. John B. Kelly, b. Feb. 17, 'OS; m. Susan Wood Feb. 28, 1833. 

3346—4. Alpha Kelly, b. Mar. 23, '10; res. at East Blackstoue, Mass. 

2347—5. Asa Kelly,' b. Au"-. 30, '12; d. Nov. 7, 1833, a. 31 yrs. 

3348—6. Andrew Kelly, b. Sept. 7, '14; m. Mary Ann Lutlier Oct. 39, 1843. 

Alpha Ballon" and linslmnd were substantial, woi-tliy and re- 
spected people. He belonged to tlie Society of Friends. She d. 
at their home in E. Blackstone, Mass., Nov. 25, 1851, a. 72 yrs. 8 
mos. and 5 ds. He continued in his earthly tal)ernacle nearly 15 
years lonq-er, with his diitiful maiden dr. Alpha as his housekeeper 
and comforter. He d. Aug". 17, 1866, a. 89 yrs. 8 mos. and 5 ds. 

[767.] Uranah Ballou", Duty', ArieP, James", James", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumlierland, R. I., Nov. 16, 1780 ; m. lieuhen Dar- 
Ihuj (Peter, Esq., Benjamin, Dennis), b. in said Cumberland Dec. 
1779 ; cer. Nov. 15, 1807. Issue, b. in said Cumberland.— 

3349 — 1. Ellis Darling-, b. Jnl3^ 5, 1808; no satisfactory infcn-mation. 
3350—2. Warren Darlinj?, b. Nov. 26; '09; 
3351—3. Horace Darling, b. Feb. 10, '14; 


Plain, industrious, prudent, upright and exemplary people of 
the farming yeomanry. Mrs. Uranah" d. on the family homestead, 
now in Wocuisocket, E. I., Nov. 2, 1848, a. 67 yrs. 11 mos. and 16 
ds. Mr. Darling d. July 4, 1869, a. about 89 yrs. and 7 mos. We 
remember to have ministered at his funeral. The remains of both 
repose in the ancient Ballon cemetery, Cumberland, R. I. 

[768.] Nathan B.\i.lou°, Duty', Arier, James', James', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cunil)erland, R. I., July 27, 1782 ; m. l.ucy Arnold, 
(Nathan, Nathan, Seth, John, Richard, Thomas, William), mother's 
maiden name Esther Darling, b. in said Cumberland May 4, 1789 ; 
cer. in said Cumberland, Mar. 26, 1807, by Elder Stejjheu Place. 
Issue, b. mostly in Cumberland, but prob. not all. — 

3353—1. Caroline Elizabeth, 1). Nov. 29, 1814; d. Jan. 15, 1830. 

2353—2. Rosina, b. Oct. 1, '17; m. Dr. Metcalf Marsli May 7, 1843. 

2354-3. Alplia M., b. Jnly 11, '19; m. James Clapp, Boston. 

3355—4. Arland M., b. Sept. 1, '33; d. 1836. 

3356—5. Lncy Susan, b. Sept. 13, '33; d. Sept. 18, 1835. 

2357—6. James M., b. Aug. 15, '26; d. Jidy 8, 1853. 

3358—7. Susan Ellen, b. Aug. 14, '38; d. Oct. 10, 1833. 

3359—8. Adaliza. b. Oct. 8, '30; m. George W. MerriU. 

2360—9. Helen Waity, b. Sept. 12, '33: d. July 3, 1836. 


Nathan" was left an orphan infant by the untimely death of his 
father. If we mistake not, he was broug-ht up lij^ his mother, and 
later, after her 2d marriage to William Whipple in 1791, under 
their joint care. He was trained by his step-father to the trade of 
a carpenter, at which he was a g-ood workman. A few years after 
his marriage, on the lltli April, 1815, he purchased of William 
Ballon, Jr., (^':c., the homestead formerly owned by Maj. William 
Ballon, near the famous Iron Rock Hill in Cumberland, E. I., 
where he devoted himself mainly for a considerable time to farm- 
ing. He had been one of the 8 original proprietors of the Social 
Mcmvfactuiing Co. formed Oct. 24, 1810, in which he had invested 
$2,000, but soon sold out his interest. He seems to have had a 
steady hankering for manufacturing adventure, and some years 
later in life embarked in the business at a small establishment in 
Foxborough, Mass. So he left his farm and settled there for an 
untold term. We are not well informed how long he remained 
in Foxborough, or how well he succeeded. But he removed 
thence to the Crook Fall Factory, so called, in Smithfield, R. I., 
where he closed his mortal career Feb. 19, 1834. He was a man 
of respectable capabilities and character in the middling interest 
class of society. His worthy widow survived him many years ; 
but must, we think, have passed away some time since, and if so, 
at a date we regret being unable to give. She was a very esti- 
mable woman. 

[769.] EosiNA Ballou", Dea. ArieP, Ariel', James'', James', Ma- 

turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 2, 1783 ; m. Nathan Arnold, 

Jr. (Nathan, Nathan, Setli, John, Richard, Thomas, William), b. 

in said Cumberland Sept. 18, 1787 ; cer. at bride's parental home 

April 9, 1809, by Elder Stephen Place. Issue.— 


3361—1. Eliza Aim Arnold, b. Cumlierland, K. I., Jan. G, 1812; d. Belliuo'- 

liam, Mass., July 14, 1824. 
2362—2. Nathan Arnold, Jr., b. Troy, N. H., Oct. 2, '17; m. Maria G. 

Bright Feb. 4, 1839. 
2363—3. Eosiua Arnold, -) 1). Bellingham, Mass., Nov. 29, '25; 

- twins, ni. William Bartlett Apr. 7, 1845. ; 
23G4-4. Eliza Ann Ai-nold, ) b. Belliugliam, Mass., Nov. 29, '25; 

in. Moses Hill Feb. 26, 1846. 

Rosina Ballon" was an excellent woman — generous hearted, in- 
telligent, conscienticnis, executive in domestic affairs, prudent and 
exemplary in all her relations ; but she had a somewhat anxious, 
laborious and afflictive earthly pilgrimage. Her husband was an 


intellio-ent, capable, kind liearttul inau, but of an easier tempera- 
ment than his wife, with less inish and energy in business, much 
interested in politics, a good reasoner on all subjects, and conver- 
sationally ag'reeable. He was for several years a Justice of the 
Peace, and held various municipal offices. His ruling intention 
was to do right, Godward and manward, and he deplored his own 
short comings ; which originated more in weakness of the flesh 
than i^erversity of moral sentiment. He was engaged, tirst and 
last, in various business enterprises, but with moderate pecuniary 
success. The family residence was tirst in Cumberland, R. I., then 
in Troy, N. H., and later in North Belliugham, Mass. There they 
were bereaved of their beloved dr., the first Eliza Ann, just bud- 
ding into early maidenhood. This almost crushed the mother's 
heart, and sadly begioomed the small household circle. It oc- 
curred July 14, 1824. During the ensuing year, on the 2l)tli of 
Novendjer, the mother gave birth to twin drs., and was happy. 
But a child-bed fever seized her, and she d. Dec. 0, only a week 
later. Subsequently the husband m, a 2d wife, who did what she 
could for his comfort amid considerable adversity, till finally he 
departed this life, at Woonsocket, R. I., Oct. 31, 1818, and the 
writer ministered at his funeral. He was honorably buried with 
Masonic rites. 

[77U.] Abigail Ballou", Dea. ArieP, Ariel", James'', James", 
Maturin' ; 1). in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 16, 178G ; in. Davis Cook, 
(Dea. Ariel, Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), b. 
in said Cumberland May 21, 1788 ; cer. at bride's parental home 
Dec. 8, 1808, by Elder Stephen Place. Issue, all h. in said Cum- 
berland. — 

2865—1. Almira Cook, b. Feb. 24, 1810; m. Lymau Cook Apl. 12, 1829. 

2300—2. Lucina Cook, b. Feb. 12, '12 ; n. m. res. Cumberland, R. I. 

2367—3. Dorcas Cook, b. Apl. 27, '14; ni. Elias S. Ballon Apl. 20, 1843. 

2308 — 4. Abigail Cook, b. Feb. 2, '17; n. m. res. Cumberland, R. I. 

3369—5. Cyrus Cook, b. Sept. 8, '19; u. m. res. 

2370—0. Sarah Cook, 1). Jan. 29, '22; m. Isaac C. Ballon Jan. 24, 1839. 

2371—7. Davis Cook, Jr., b. Jan. 29, '20; m. Frances Thompson Dec. 4,1872. 

Al)igail Ballon" was of comely form and features in early woman- 
hood, physically robust, mentally well capacitated, upright in 
moral character, indomitably industrious, and richly endowed 
with the qualities of a good wife, mother and neighbor. Her 
husband was a man of quick intelligence, sound judgment, strong 
physical executiveness, ready adaptation to public as well as pri- 


vate affairs, morally reliable in all his engaocemeiits, and often 
entrusted with responsible official ag-encies. He was a i^opular' 
civil magistrate, and repeatedly elected to the hig-hest municipal 
positions in the gift of his fellow townsmen. In financial matters 
he commanded equal confidence. Such a connubial pair could 
hardly fail to achieve pecuniary success, and a handsome accumu- 
lation of temporal goods. They were perpetual earners and 
savers, lost little by imprudent risks, wasted nothing, and ex- 
pended only what ministered to substantial comfort. They 
brought up their children on the same industrial, economical, 
social and moral plane. In all these respects the family cux) ran 
over with an enjoyable abundance ; albeit they had their trials 
and sorrows, in one form or another, which mortal humanity in 
its most favored estate cannot wholly escape. They lived to a 
good old age, and all their children still survive. Davis Cook, 
Esq., d. on his homestead Feb. 5, 1870, a. 81 yrs. 9 mos. 14 ds. 
Mrs. Abigail d. there Apl. 15, 1874, a. 88 yrs. 

[771.] Cyrus Ballou", Dea. Ariel", ArieF, James", James", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 18, 1789 ; m. Susanna Ballou, 
(Noah, Noah, Nathaniel, James, Maturiu',) b. in said Cumberland, 
Sept. IG, 1791; cer. in the bride's parental home Feb. 14, 1810; by 
Elder Stephen Place. Issue b. in said Cumberland. — 

2372—1. Albert Ballon, h. Aug. 4, 1811; m. Anjauett Peck Mar. Vd, 1884. 
2373—2. Cyrus Ballou, Jr., b.Oct. 27, '12; m. Laura Auu Follett Oct. 15, 1835. 

Cyrus Ballou" was born with a tolerably good physical constitu- 
tion with perhaps suscei)tibility to pulmonary disease, a vigorous 
intellect, high moral integrity, and a predisposition to religious 
affections. He was brought up a hard working farmer, with de- 
cent common school privileges, and a laudable ambition to suc- 
ceed in substantial usefulness. His activities w^ere mostly confined 
to agricultural pursuits, interlarded with winter school teaching, 
and some incidental episodes in other directions. He married a 
worthy and attractive wife in early maidiood, and was probably 
stinnilated to over-exertion in trying to make his way in economic 
life, which shortened his days. The war of 1812 awoke the mili- 
tary spirit in his native town, and he was promoted to the first 
lieutenancy in an independent Kifle Co. But he had no oppor- 
tunity to distinguish himself by slaying any of his country's ene- 
mies, an achievement without which a man is of little account in 
this noon-day of Christian civilization. But what Ave think was 
better, about the same time he became a devoted experimental 


Cliiistiaii, and iu rii)eiiino- became stroug-ly impressed that it was 
his duty to preach the gospeL But the way did not open and he 
remained only a baptized member of the church, and a prayerful 
exhorter. Meantime his health g-ave way, consumption fastened 
upon him, and he passed on, in a most serene state of mind, to 
the higher life, Mar. 7, 1S16, a. 26 yrs. 11 mos. and 20 ds. Mrs. 
Susanna, his widow, some years later m. Lewis C. Brown, had 
several chn. by him, became again a widow, and lived to extreme 
old age. Of all this we shall treat when we reach the chn. of 
Noah Ballon'. 

[772.] AitNOLD Ballou", Dea. ArieP, Ariel", James", James", 
Maturin' ; b. iu Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 31, 1792; m. Lorinda 
Bates, dr. of John Bates, Esq., b. in Bellingham, Mass., k\A. 3, 
17*J8; cer. in bride's parental home in said Bellingham, Apr. 11, 
1816, by Rev. Abial Fisher. Issue, posthumous, b. in said Bel- 
ling-ham. — 

2374—1. Lorinda Arnold, b. May 38, 1817; m. Clias. G. Blake, Dec. 8, 1835. 

Arnold Ballon^ was a man of very comely person, amiable dis- 
position, intelligent mental capabilities, and exemplary moral 
character. He was trained to agricultural industry under a father 
who by precept and jiractice taught his children to waste no time 
in idleness, and spend little in recreation. He received a fair 
common school education, with a small complement of academic. 
Winter school teaching" was his only variation from steady api^li- 
cation to farm labor. He made no public profession of relig-ion, 
but was hig-hly esteemed for his moral integrity, and beloved by 
all who knew him. He was in the line of official promotion in the 
same Independent Rifle corps with his elder brother Cyrus. He 
had m. a congenial wife, and had settled down with his father on the 
old homestead, under a promising- family arrangement which was 
full of high hopes for future usefulness and happiness. But all 
these hopes were suddenly blasted by his premature death. He 
was fatally attacked by a fever which seated itself on his brain, 
and terminated his earthly life Nov. 27, 1817, a. 24 yrs. 7 mos. and 
27 ds. There w^as deep and bitter mourning throughout the whole 
family circle. We need not describe the wrecked atiections, an- 
ticipations and prospects of the bereaved. Let imag-ination paint 
the scene. We have seen that a posthumous dr. was born the 
ensuing May, never to know a father's love and providence. She 
has drunk large draughts of sorrow, but at this writing still sur- 



vives. We shall give her record among the Ballous of the Seventh 
Generation. The widowhood of her mother, Mrs. Lorinda, ended 
in a 2d marriage. She was m. to Moses Daniels of Mendon, May 
25, 182-4, and had 3 clin. by him, but did not survive many years. 
She d. Sept. 4, 1833. 

[773.] Sarah alias Sally Ballou', Dea. ArieP, Ariel', James', 
James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 2, 1795, d. an 
amiable and promising maiden Oct. 11, 1803. 

[774.] Maj. Alfked Ballou', Dea. ArieP, Ariel', James', 
James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 2, 1799, the 
youngest child of Ariel" by his 1st wife, Lucina Comstock ; m. 
Matilda Cook of said Cumberland, b. Mar. 5, 1801 ; cer. in Smith- 
field, R. I., June 11, 1835, by Rev. Leonard Wakefield. Issue, b. 
in said Cumberland. — 

2375—1. Martlia Ann, b. Apl. 2(), 1836; m. Andrew Thayer Oct. 26, 1858. 
2376 — 2. Ira, b. Sept. 5, '38; ni. 1st Ann J. Adams, 2d Eniellu A.. Cook. 

Alfred Ballon" was a Major in the Rhode Island militia at one 
time. He became owner t)f the large homestead lying on both 
sides of the Mass. and R. I. line, where the southwest corner of 
Wrentham and Cumberland adjoin. It came down by inheritance 
from James Ballon", his great grandfather, through his grand- 
father Ariel', and his father Ariel". At least this was true of the 
larger portion, if not of the whole patrimony. Thus he ranked 
among the solid yeomanry of his native town and county. He 
received a respectable common school education, with a little 
supplement of the higher select tuition. He, too, was a com- 
petent winter school master during his early manhood. But the 
principal part of his life was devoted to plain husbandry and its 
concomitant cares. He made a public profession of religion in 
his youth, and was more or less a Baptist in his attachments and 
predilections down to the close of his mortal pilgrimage. He was 
a man of strict moral integrity in pecuniary and social inter- 
course, leaning inflexibly to stern justice, as he conceived of it, 
in God to man, and between man and man. He was not much 
tinctured with the heretical hope of divine mercy to the Avieked 
after death, nor with " ■rose-water philanthropy " towards rebels 
against law and order under human government. He retained 
some of the good old faith in the wholesomeness of the sword and 
gibbet in this world, and of an unsparing hell in the next for all 
incorrigible evil doers. We mention these traits in our brother's 

k 1 


character for the edificatioii and comfort of those readers who 
may think the Ballous prone to be a little too lenient toward sin- 
ners, and disposed to sacrifice justice to mercy. They are not all 
Universalists, much less Restorationist Non-Resistants, like the 
erratic compiler of these family records. There is a redeeming- 
remnant left, who stand firmly by severe justice in divine and 
human g-overuments. Major Alfred" was one of these. Accord- 
ingly the famous Dorr insurrection in Rhode Island found him a 
devoted soldier for law and order, and an unfiinching military 
enforcer of its stern behests, against disturbers of the public 
peace. In all this he was triie to his instincts and highest con- 
victions of duty. Let him be honored for all his good qualities, 
and his fidelity to what he sincerely deemed sound moral prin- 
ciple. For the rest, the All Perfect Father will take due care to 
make " darkness light, and crooked things straight." He d. on 
his patrimonial homestead July 14, 1882, a. 83 yrs. 1 mo. and 12 
ds. He was buried with Masonic honors. His worthy wid. d. 
Feb. 8, 1883, a. 81 yrs. 11 mos. and 3 ds. 

Next in order conies the family record of the compiler and 
editor of this History and Genealogy of the Ballous. — 

[775.] Adin Ballou', Dea. ArieF, Ariel', James', James', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 23, 1803 ; mother's maiden 
name Edilda Tower; m. 1st Ahigail Sayhs, dr. of Smith and Abi- 
gail (Scott) Sayles, (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas,) b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., Apr. 1, 1800; cer. in bride's parental home in said 
Smithfield, Jan. 17, 1822, by Rev. Reuben Potter. Issue. — 

2377—1. Adin, Jr., 1). Cumberland, E. I., June 22, 1823; d. Meudou, Mass. 

Fel). 10, 1833. 
3378—2. Abigail Sayles, b. Milford, Mass., Jan. 30, '2'.); m. Kev. Wm. S. 

Hey wood May 11, 1851. 

Mrs. Abigail (Sayles) Ballou d. of quick consumption in Mil- 
ford, Mass., Feb. 20, 1829, soon after the birth of her dr. above- 
named. Adin" m. 2d Iaici/ Hunt, eldest dr. of Pearly and Chloe 
(Albee) Hunt, (Daniel, Abida, Isaac, Isaac, William of Concord,) 
b. in Milford, Mass., Oct. 31, 1810; cer. in the brick church of said 
Milford, Mar. 3, 1830, by Rev. Hosea Ballou, 2d, in presence of a 
large congregation. Issue. — 

2379—3. Pearl ey Hnut, 1). Milford, Mass., Nov. 23, 1830; d. Mendou, 

Mass., Feb. 27, 1833. 
3380 — 4. Adin Augustus, b. Meudou, Mass., June 30, '33; d. Bridge water, 

Mass., Feb. 8, 1852. 


It seems proper that I should say what is necessary of myself 
in the first person singular, and for certain reasons that I should 
not occupy a very larg-e space. I have commenced, and hope I may 
live to complete for future publication, an elaborate Auto-Biog-ra- 
phy, which will contain everything- I deem of interest to poster- 
ity in the experience, observation and mental activity of my long* 
life. To that anticipated work I refer such readers as desire to 
acquaint themselves with the minutiae of my earthly career. The 
limits of this volume scarcely allow the following outline. 

I was b., as already told, in Cumberland, R. I., Apr. 23, 1803, 
and was brought up in the ordinary routine, of a farmer's boy, on 
a homestead inherited from my great grandfather, James Bal- 
lon'. My mind was thoughtful from earliest childhood, and I 
was ahvays greedy for knowledge. In youth 1 eagerly coveted a 
liberal education, but circumstances restricted me to common 
school privileges. Those I improved to the utmost — earnestly 
endeavoring- to make up for my privations by applying- myself 
thenceforth diligently to the acquisition of all available knowl- 
edg-es, and especially to orderly mental discipline. I was predis- 
posed to relig-ious impressions, and at eleven years of age I 
passed throug-h a decisive experience, whose influence on my life 
and character has never ceased. At twelve I was liaptized by 
immersion, and joined a church belong'ing to the " Christian 
Connexion," so called. At eighteen I had an intensive spiritual 
vision imperatively requiring- me to preach the gospel. From 
this I shrank with great reluctance, as subversive of all my cher- 
ished worldly plans and yielded to it only from the strongest 
sense of duty. At the age of eighteen years and three months I 
preached my first discourse extempore in the ancient Ballon 
Meeting-house of my native vicinage, with no ecclesiastical train- 
ing or license, and chiefly from internal inspiration. The occasion 
w^as exciting and meinoral)le to me and to the assembled hundreds. 
I was soon after accepted as an approved minister of the " Chris- 
tian Connexion," and continued to preach as such in various 
places of my general neighborhood for about one year. 

Meantime, pursuant to a previous engagement, in the winter of 
1822, I united myself in marriag'e with my first wife — a most 
worthy and excellent connubial companion. Her mother, an in- 
telligent and noble-minded woman, had been brought up by her 
venerable father, Dea. Samuel Scott, a Bestorationist. She owned 
a copy of Elhanaan Winchester's Dialogues on Universal Eesto- 
ratiou, and modestly requested me to read the little volume. I 


considered myself firmly established iu the doctrine that all who 
died out of Christ, or the finally impenitent so termed, Avould, at 
the Jndg-ment Day, be sentenced to a punishment ending* in their 
absolute destncction or annihilation. I was therefore strongly 
opposed to every form of Universalism and pubhcly controverted 
it. But I was strictly honest, strictly rational, and fearless of 
investigation. I read the work, and, though somewhat favorably 
impressed with its arguments, felt confident I could refute them. 
But the result of a searching and very anxious examination was, 
that I must amend my theological fimdii'tes and substitute liesto- 
rationhrii for Dcstructiomsm. I did so, and have never since seen 
any adequate reason for changing my conclusion. I could not 
conceal my change of views, and in consequence lost the fellow- 
ship of the Church and Connexion in which I commenced my 
ministry. Circumstances threw me almost irresistably into the 
Universalist denomination. I continued in this denomination 
until 1831, when I felt obliged to secede from it on account of the 
dogmatism and intolerance of its then dominant wing, the no- 
future retributionists, towards outspoken Restorationists. For 
several ensuing years I w\as attached to the Massachusetts As- 
sociation of Independent Restorationists, who fraternized with a 
portion of the Unitarian denomination. While thus associated I 
embraced the great leading Reforms — Temperance, Anti-81aveiy, 
Woman's Rights, the Peace cause, and Practical Christian Social- 
ism. This last culminated in the experiment to establish at 
Hopedale, Mass., a Practical Christian Community, intended to 
be first in a series of like communities elsewhere. This virtually 
failed in 1856, and subsequently became submerged in the present 
Hopedale Parish. My ministry commenced in Cumberland, R. 
I., about the middle of July 1821, was continued transiently in 
various localities till 1824, then in Milford, Mass., several years, 
then a few months in New York City, then again iu Milford 
till the Spring of 1831, then in Mendon, Mass., eleven years till 
the Spring of 1842, then in Hopedale, Mass., till April 23, 1880, 
and since then at large till the present time, 1887 — in all about 
sixty-six years. During this long ministry I have delivered a 
vast nunil)er of sermons and lectures, have officiated at nearly 
2500 funerals, solemnized nearly 1150 marriages, edited three 
several periodicals for terms amounting to about thirty years of 
time, executed as author three large octavo vols., several smaller 
sized ones, with pamphlets and tracts too numerous to mention, 
also several vols, stored awaj'^ iu mauuserix)t for posterity. 


If asked for my creed, I mil state it in the following' general 
terms. — I believe in tlie religion of Jesus Christ, as he taught and 
exemplified it according to the Scriptures of the New Testament. — 

1. That there is one supreme, self-existent, all-perfect God, 
who is the loving and wise Father of all moral intelligences. 

2. That Jesus Christ is the truest, highest, and most trust- 
worthy exponent of God's moral perfections, of his will and law, 
and of human duty ; not as a mere man, speaking and acting on 
his own personal authority, but as fore-chosen, ordained of the 
Father, and plenarily endowed with his Holy Spirit, to teach and 
exemplify absolute religious truth and righteousness, and thus to 
be the spiritual head and discipliner of the human race for their 
salvation from all sin. 

8. That all human beings are by nature free moral agents 
within a limited sphere, always subject to divine overrulement 
and corrective discipline, and always required, according to their 
ability as creatures of progress, to co-operate in their own and 
each others perfectation. 

4. That all human moral agents and all other moral agents are 
brothers and sisters of a common family, whose individual, social, 
and collective good is the same eternally, and they all bound, by 
the divine moral law, to love their common Father and one 
another with that perfect love which worketh only good to its 

5. That all moral agents are spirits destined to final immortal 
blessedness, through a long process of divine discipline admin- 
istered in perfect love and wisdom, whereby evil will sooner or 
later be overcome by triumphant good. 

6. That this grand result ought to be earnestly prayed and 
labored for. 

In accordance with the essential principles and spirit of this 
creed, I hold myself solemnly bound to preach, teach and practice, 
and to abstain from preaching, teaching and practicing every- 
thing logically therewith inconsistent under any pretext whatso- 
ever. This I have long- scrupulously endeavored to do ; avoiding 
all compromises with Church and State whereby I should bind 
myself in any wise to violate my principles, by doing" with, hy or 
thro'iig/i others what was contrary to my own individual conscience. 
At the siime time I have tried to be just to those who reject my 
standard of Christian righteousness and conform more or less to 
the popular theology, ethics and customs of civilization afi it is ; 
giving them all the credit they deserve for sincerity, good motives 


and 20od works, without abating" my testimony against what I 
am certain are their real errors and wrongs. 

In my second marriage to my present wife, who has g-rown old 
in my companionship, I have been greatly blest. Solomon well 
said, ''A prudent wife is from the Lord." Mine is snch, — a model 
of discretion, domestic order, executive industry, a constant min- 
ister of good under all circumstances in her family and neighbor- 
hood, an intelligent counsellor in all emergencies, and a sympa- 
thetic companion in all high princijiles and endeavors. Though 
not robust in health and physical strength, she excels in actual 
accomplishment through mental judgment and persistent will- 
power. The readers of this volume ought to know that she has 
been an indispensable co-operator with me in correcting its proof-' 
sheets, besides rendering in various ways a great deal of other 
needed assistance. "We have shared our joys, sorrows, labors and 
trials together for more than fifty-seven years. We are now near- 
ing their completion and preparing for our summons to the higher 
life. I have over-used my space, and will only add, that despite 
a multitude of delinquencies and disappointments, I can rejoice 
gratefully in the loving kindness of my heavenly Father, whose 
providence and tender mercies have crowned my life, and now 
shed a serene sunshine on my old age. Whatever good uses I 
have served, to him alone be glory and praise. For many short- 
comings he knows all my lamentations; and that I confidingly, as 
well as contritely, cast myself, for final disposal, into the bosom of 
his forgiving love as manifested through his blessed son Jesus 

[776.] Aeiel B.vllou', M. D., ArieP, Ariel*, James', James', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 25, 1805 ; m. Hamiah Horton, 
dr. of Barnabas and Mary (Morse) Horton, b. in Bridgewater, 
Mass., Nov. 11, 1803 ; cer. in Mendon, Mass., Sept. 11, 1832, by 
his brother, the writer. Issue, b. in (Woonsocket) Cumberland, 
R. I.— 

2381—1. Ariel Alclidus, b. Nov. 23, 1833; drowned Sept. 11, 1844. 

2382—2. Anuah, b. Jau. 1, '37; u. m. 1885, res. witli her father. 

2383—3. Ella, b. Dec. 7, '39; d. at the age of 2 weeks. 

2384-4. Laura, b. June 17, '41; m. Daniel M. Edwards, M. D. 

2385—5. Noble, b. Sept. 17, '43; d. July 1, 1844. 

Dr. Ariel Ballon^ is the senior publishing proprietor of this 
commemorative volume, without whose laudable ambition, enter- 
prise and pecuniary resources, it might never have greeted the 
reading public. The Frontispiece to this work, very true to the 


orig-iDal, will indicate to the observer that lie was no ordinary 
character. It will impress the sag'acions mind with the conviction 
that he was an intellectual, judicial, self-poised, uprig-ht, courage- 
ous, high toned man. Such he was. He rose to distinction in his 
profession, in public life, and in the various spheres of activity 
which he honored, not more by persistent, indomitable force of 
will in the pursuit of his objects, and by his unswerving' moral in- 
teg-rity, than by his high mental endowments. In boyhood he 
was deemed a dull rather than a brilliant pupil, but this was prob- 
ably owing to the rapidity of his physical development, wherein 
he led the family. He attained his full stature of six feet at the 
age of fourteen years, and excelled in all athletic exercises ; lift- 
"ing-, running-, swimming-, skating-, &c., in a proficient manner that 
his older brother, the writer of this book, could not emulate. His 
education was thorough as far as he had advanced, and when his 
phenomeiuxl growth was accomplished his mental development 
was equally rapid. At sixteen he was a lover of learning that 
knew no bounds, and henceforth hungered more and more for its 
viands. His ambition was a collegiate education, but he had 
many obstacles to face in his fealty to a rather set and stern father 
who had no faith in a professional success, and wished his son to 
remain on the farm where he had already proved his usefulness. 
Yet when seventeen years of age he attended for six months the 
select private school of Rev. Abiel Fisher in Bellingham, Mass., 
who prepared young men for college. This gave him a good 
start, and he returned to his farm work resolved to hold fast what 
he had gained, and prosecu,te his studies against wind and tide. 
He made it a rule to devote one hour each day to systematic 
study, and he adhered to this resolution. After working faithfully 
all day in attendance upon farm duties, he used to retire to a large 
chimney enclosure with book and candle for quiet from the dis- 
turbance incident to a large household, for his father's house was 
distinguished as the home of travelling ministers, and in this large 
chimney closet (come now to be called Dr. Ballou's study, which 
visitors at this day call to inspect) secure from the disturbance of 
the ardent exhortations of the ministers, if not from their anath- 
emas, he pursued his studies to such good purpose that he soon 
made it apparent what patience, strong will, and an untiring mind 
could accomplish. From this time till he was twenty-one, teach- 
ing during the winter season in the public schools, he had sole 
charge of his father's large farm, and managed it with unsurpassed 
executiveness. So he fulfilled the years of his minority, and leav- 


ing- his father wealthy by liis skillful effort, he went forth with a 
clear conscience, a mature, disciplined mind, an empty pocket-book, 
and a heart cog'nizant of no injustice in his lot, and undaunted by 
its difficulties. Time hath shown us that " he builded well." 

He soon afterward appeared in the position of Principal of 
the Academy on Cumberland Hill, R. I., where his attainments 
secured for him a good reputation. Finding- at this time a home 
in the family of Dr. Lamb, he commenced the study of medi- 
cine. An able lawyer and friend of that x)lace, Aaron White, 
Esq., advised liim to omit a college course which he regarded as 
unnecessary in Mr. Ballou's case, as he had a discipline of mind 
sufficient to enter upon the studies of his profession. After study- 
ing about one year under Usher Parsons, M. D., of Providence, 
with the intention of entering the navy as surgeon, he spent 
about four months at the Berkshire Medical Institute at Pittsfield, 
Mass., where his dignified demeanor, and devotion to study gained 
him the approval of the faculty, notably that of Professor Childs, 
Avho maidfested a deep interest in his success. Subsequently he 
passed a year under the tuition of Dr. Daniel Thurber of Meudon, 
Mass., an eminent master of medical theory and practice, who 
later showed his appreciation of his student by offering him an 
association in his practice. A shoit time after he entered his 
name as a pupil with the celebrated Professor J. Doane Wells 
of the Maine Medical School connected with Bowdoiu College. 
Here he made ra]ud and thorough progress and an enviable posi- 
tion, being chosen Assistant Demonstrator, and graduated with an 
honor that secured to him the offer of the Chair of Anatomy at 
the University of Vermont. His native town, however, was the 
choice of his location. Receiving his diploma September, 1830, 
he commenced the practice of medicine in the new village of 
Woonsocket. A wide field surrounded that centre, which he has 
ever since occupied with increasing usefulness and fame, for more 
than fifty-five years, till now^ a venerable octogenarian. He was 
President of the R. I. Medical Society during the years 1855-6, 
and has ever since been one of its Censors. He is the author of 
a thesis on Lactation, published in the American Journal of Med- 
ical Science about the year 1850, which has been copied exten- 
sively into European Journals. As President of the Woonsocket 
Hosi)ital Corporation, and of the Board of Trustees of the " Harris 
Institute" from their origin, he has rendered efficient service. 

In politics and civil affairs he is a Democrat of the Union, loyal 
and progressive wing. From 181:2 to 1852 he was, most of the 



time, a member of the Ehode Island Legislature, either in the 
lower or upper House. He introduced and successfully urg-ed the 
passage of the Bill abolishing- Capital Punishment, which has 
ever since remained an undisturbed statute. In the Peoples' 
Constitutional Convention he was Chairman of the Committee on 
the Bill of Rights, and through the whole ensuing almost revolu- 
tionary ag-itation he adhered courageously to Gov. Dorr and the 
defeated partj^, without losing the respect of high-minded op- 
ponents, though suffering a partial martyrdom from hostile par- 
tizans. But all this he lived down, and in 1879 was once more 
elected to the State Senate, as representative from the newly in- 
corporated town of Woonsocket. In 1852 he was one of the four 
Kliode Island Presidential Electors. In educational matters he 
was always a strong and devoted friend of the public schools, and 
other instrumentalities of mental improvement. For seventeen 
years he was an active member of the School Board of his native 
town, and in nameless ways exerted his large influence in behalf 
of the rising generation. 

In social philanthropy he greatly distinguished himself as a 
member of the Masonic Fraternity. He was initiated and became 
a Master Mason in Morning Star Lodge, Cumberland, B. I., in the 
year 182G. After that Lodge was removed to Woonsocket he pre- 
sided over it as Worshipful Master from 1848 to 1853 ; afterward 
serving several years as its Treasurer. From 1861 to 1865 he was 
Grand Master of the State. He became a Royal Arch Mason in 
1858, and rose from one office to another, till elected, in 1861, 
Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the State Chapter — con- 
tinuing such till 1864. He received at various times several of 
the superior select degrees, and in 1867 consummated his Masonic 
attainments in the Woonsocket Encampment of Knights Templars. 
His devotion and services to the Fraternity have been worthily 

In religion he is a conscientious, devout and exemplary Epis- 
copalian, long a member of the Church in Woonsocket, but like 
most others of that denomination is steadfast in his own way with- 
out disturbing the preferences of dissenters. He is a Warden of 
his Church, and honors his profession. 

Though successful and prosperous in so many respects, he has 
had his share of trials and afflictions. Besides many of the more 
ordinary ones, and the loss of two chn. in early infancy, his be- 
loved eldest son, a lad in his lltli year, was drowned in a deep 
factory canal at Woonsocket in 1844. And when his father ar- 


rived, too late to save him, lie had to rescue his corjise from the 
silent depth Avitli his own hands — skillfnlly letting" himself down 
to the bottom and bringing- it to the surface. Then followed the 
sad funeral. His faithful and worthy ^\dfe, to wdiose helpfulness 
he ascribed much of his medical and financial success, passed on 
to the higher life Nov. 14, 1873 ; since which he and his eldest 
daughter Annah have made the best of a home with a vacant 
chair at table and resting place liy night. Latterly their resi- 
dence has been Providence, R. I. ; though he spends most of his 
business hours in Woonsocket. He feels the impairments of hard 
service and the friction of time, but verges, at this writing, on his 
80th birthdaj^ wdtli more than the common vigor of such advanced 

[777.] Lavinia Sayles", dr. of Eunice (Ballon) Sayles, d. in 

[778.] Selah Sayles", Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballon', Ariel*, James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., May 18, 1780; m. W'dUam Scott (Samuel, Joseph, 
Sylvanus, John, Richard), b. in Bellingham, Mass., Sept. 25, 
1774 ; pub. in said Bellingham Apl. 27, 1800, and prob. m. soon 
after. Issue, understood to have been b. in Bellingham. — 

2386—1. Samuel Scott, b. Sept. 3, 1801; d. n.m. Sept. 15, 1832. 

2387—2. Clarissa Scott, b. June 7, '04; d. u. m. Nov. 24, 1846. 

2388—3. Nancy Scott, b. Feb. 27, '05; m. Dea. Wm. Ham. She d. Aug. 

26, 1879. 

2389—4. William Scott, Jr., b. Dec. 28, '06; m. Sarali Snow Nov. 30, 1834. 

2390—5. Sullivan Scott, b. Aug. 31, '08; m. Eliza C. Scott. 

2391—6. Celia Scott, b. Apr. 3, '10; m. Peter Nelson. She d. Oct. 10, 1846. 

2392—7. Anna Scott, b. June — '12; d. u. m. June 10, 1834. 

No biographical data or characteristics given, but we are sure 
Selah "^ and husband were worthy people. Mrs. Selah d. Jan. 27, 
1812, a. 32 yi-s. 6 mos. 19 ds. Her husband d. Apl. 9, 1846, a. 71 
yrs. G mos. 16 ds. 

[779.] Anna Saitles", Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballon", Ariel*, James'', James', Maturin' ; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., Jan. 30, 1782 ; m. Peter WMtiiig, Jr., b. in Franklin, 
Mass., June 13, 1777 ; cer. under the parental roof in said Franklin 
Sept. 29, 1803, by the Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Emmons. Issue, b. in 
said Franklin. — 

* JuBt after this sketch was put in tj'pe, Dr. Ballou d. in Providence, R. I., July li>, 1887, a. 81 
yrs. 8 mos. and 21 ds. 


3893—1. Abigail Wliitiug, b.'July 23, 1804; m. Jeremiah Burnliam, June 

6, 1833. 
2394—2. Joseph Blake Whiting, b. Sept. 14, '07; m. Phila C. Ballon Nov. 

27, 1834. 
2395—3. Peter Wliiting, Jr., b. June 5, '09; d. u. m. Feli. 3, 1885 in Cal. 
2396—4. Lydia Blake Whiting, b. Mar. 9, '12; res. u. m. So. Franklin, 

2397—5. Willard Clark Wliiting, b. Sei)t. 7, '15; m. 1st Charlotte Miller, 

2d S. O. Hancock. 

Worthy and resiiected people of tlie middle class. Mr Whiting- 
d. on his Franklin homestead July 18, 1816. Mrs. Anna" d. there 
Mar. 25, 1862, in her 81st yr. 

Her dr.-iu-law, Mrs. Willard C. Whiting, writes of her thus. — 
" She was a true woman, faithful to her family, and a mother to 
all under her care. I lived in the same house eighteen years, and 
had the privilege of caring for her in her last sickness. Not a 
murmur escaped her lips, although confined to the house for six 
months. She made profession of religion in 1856, and united 
with the Union Congregational Church, So. Franklin, Mass." 

[780.] Stephen Sayles", Daniel (Eichard, Eichard, John, 
Thomas) and Eunice Ballon", Ariel,' James'', James', Maturin' ; 
b. prob. in Franklin, Mass., Feb. 10, 1784; m. Estlier Darling 
(Samuel, Dea. Samuel, Capt. Samuel, Dennis), b. in Bellingham, 
Mass., Aug. 8, 1791 ; cer. under the bride's parental roof Jan. 11, 
1810, by John Bates, J. P. Issue. — 

2398—1. Asa Darling Sayles, b. July 10, 1811; m. ■ , no children, 

2399—2. Donison Berkley Sayles, b. Oct. 5, '13; m. Olive Wilcox. 

2400—3. Whitman Sayles, b. Jan. 15, 'Ifi; ni. Catherine Starkweather. 

2401—4. Mortimer Sayles, b. prob. '18; not reported. 

2402—5. Abby Sayles, b. prob. '20; m. David Orendoflf. 

Stephen" was a skilful housewright, executive, diligent and 
upright in business, and a worthy citizen. His wife was a repu- 
table and exemplary woman. They dwelt in the south-easterly 
section of Bellingham for many years, where all the above named 
chn. were born. In 1837 they removed to the State of Wisconsin. 
Mrs. Esther and her yormg dr. Abby were convej^ed mostly by 
water, embarking first at Providence, K. I., on board a steamer 
for New York City. Their route thence not given. Stephen" and 
his three boys started from Bellingham with a substantial horse 
team Jan. 8, 1837, and were 43 days on the road to their place of 
destination. The family finally located in Genesee, Waukesha 
Co., where a villag-e at length grew up, called Saylesville in honor 


of Ste])]icn Sayles. He is said to have owned 800 acres of land, 
to have become an influential citizen, to have been Postmaster for 
several years, and to have settled his chn. prosperously about 
him. Stephen Sayles" and wife d. on their homestead in Genesee, 
AVis., at dates we have been unable to ascertain. 

[781.] Isaiah Sayles", Daniel (Eichard, Eichard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballou', Ariel', James', James"', Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Dec. 11, 1785. Isaiah Sayles" long ago left his native 
vicinity, and his record has baffled our research. We have little 
else to depend on than mere hearsay. He settled, lived and died 
in Salina, N. Y. No dates. He is said to have married, and the 
contrary has been said — to have had one son, and otherwise only 
an adopted son, liearing- his name. A man calling himself Isaiah 
Sayles, Jr., was reported to reside in Wrentham, Mass., and to 
have a family. We wrote him anxiously, but he never responded. 
The search abandoned. 

[782. 1 AviLDA Sayles", Daniel (Richard, Eichard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballon", Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Mar. 6, 1788; never m. ; an exemplary member of the 
Christian Church in Cumberland, E. I., highly intelligent, well 
educated for her times and opportunities, an excellent school 
teacher for many years in various places, and spent her maturer 
years in dutifid ministrations to her aged parents. She left a 
blessed record and memory. She d. on the patrimonial home- 
stead in Franklin, Jan. 18, 1866, a. 77 yrs. 10 mos. and 7 ds. Her 
grave and memorial stone may be seen in the cemetery of South 
Bellingham, near the little village called Eakeville, 

[788.] Nahum Sayles", the next of this family in age, seemed 
to have been born under inauspicious influences, was wayward in 
his proclivities, went off to sea, and was never heard fi'om more. 

[784.] Daniel Sayles, Jr.", Daniel (Eichard, Eichard, John, 
Thomas) and Eunice Ballon", Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Franklin, Mass., Feb. 29, 1792; m. Olive Ballov, dr. of 
Welcome, (Levi, Esq., Ezekiel^ Obadiah, James, Maturin,) b. in 
Wrentham, Mass., Oct. 2, 1795 ; cer. not far from Apr. 18, 1812, the 
date of their publishment in Bellingham, Mass. Issue, b. in said 
Bellingham. — 

2403—1. Welcome Ballon Sayles, 1). July 4, 1818; m. Deborah C. Watson. 
2404—3. John Osborn Sayles, b. Apl. 10, '1(1; m. 1st M. L. Wilkinson, 2d 
A. E. Slack. 


Intellig-ent, capable, worthy persons, Avho ranked well in society, 
and earned a good name among- their contemporaries. He was 
by occupation an expert house wriglit. They dwelt many years 
on a homestead in So. Bellingliam, Mass., but later in life resided 
in Woonsocket, R. I., and perhaps last in Providence, where they 
died. • His sun went do\\ai in sorrowful mental obscurity, but hers 
in a serene sky, softly illumined l)y the hope of immortal blessed- 
ness. He d. Nov. 23, 1874, a. 82 yrs. 8 mos. and 24 ds. Mrs. 
Ohve d. May 15, 1881, a. 85 yrs. 7 mos. and 13 ds. 

[785.] JoHX Sayles", Daniel, (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas,) 
and Eimice Ballon", Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Sept. 10, 1794; m. Ilamiali Cook, dr. of Ariel Cook, 
(Ichabod, Noah, Nicholas, Walter,) b. in Mendon, Mass., Jan. 22, 
1804 ; cer. Oct. 25, 1821, by Rev. David Long. Issue, b. in Men- 
don, Mass. — 

2405—1. Mortimer D. Sayles, b. Feb. 18, 1823, d. at tlie age of 4 yrs. 
2406—2. Willard Sayles, b. Aug. 30, '25; m. Sarah E. 0. Pahiier. 

John Sayles" was an intelligent, decently educated, enterpris- 
ing, worthy man. He was an acceptable teacher of the common 
schools in the winter season during his early manhood. In 1831 
he took up his residence in Providence, R. I., where he engaged 
at first in the grocery business and afterward, for many years, in 
the boot and shoe trade. He retired at length from merchandize, 
and with his wife resided in the comfortable home of their only 
son, Hon. Willard Sayles, on Pitman St. There he enjoyed him- 
self much in caring for his son's grounds, garden, &c., keeping 
everthing in admirable order and productiveness, down almost to 
the time of his death. There he d. Feb. 18, 1879, a. 84 yrs. 5 mos. 
and 8 ds. And there Mrs. Hannah, his widow, in feeble health, 
still survived him at our last advices. 

[78G.] Nabby Sayles", of this family, d. Sept. 30, 1799, a. about 
3 yrs. 

[787.] . Juliana Sayles'', Daniel, (Richard, Richard, John, 
Thomas,) and Eunice Ballou\ Ariel', James^, James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Franklin, Mass., July 9, 1798 ; m. liev. Dexter Bullard, son 
of Daniel and Mary (Walker) Bullard, b. in Hopkinton, Mass., 
Apl. 14, 1799; cer. at the house of Dea. Ariel Ballon, in Cumber- 
land, R. I., an uncle of the bride, Feb. 1, 1820, by Rev. Reuben 
Potter. The connubial pair came directl3" from and returned im- 


mediately to the bride's parental home in Franklin, Mass., where 
the marriage banquet was served. These particulars are well 
remembered by the writer, who acted as groomsman on the occa- 
sion. Issue. — 

2407—1. Truman S. Bullard, b. Apl. '38, 1821; m. Juliana Baclielor Sept. 

2408-2. William C. Bullard, b. Jan. !), '23; m. Eliza Ann Snow Sept. 18, 

3409—3. Julia A. Bullard, b. Jan. 25, '26; m. Silas A. Forbush Nov. 13, 1845. 
2410—4. Dexter Bullard, Jr., b. May 13, '28; m. 1st M. L. Bullard, 2d M. 

24ii_5. Daniel O. Bullard, b. Mar. 8, '30; m. Metta Gernon Sept. 10, 186(5. 
2412—6. Mary S. Bullard, b. July 26, '32; m. 1st L. Gay, 2d Wm. D. Potter. 
2413—7. Barton S. Bullard, b. June '30, '35; res. Bluff Co. 111., no family. 

The above named chn. were born in different localities where 
the parents successively resided, which will be specified when we 
come to their respective family records in chronological order. 
Our somewhat intimate and long acciuaintance with Juliana 
(Sayles) Bullard and her husband enables us to sketch their lives 
and characters Avith intelligent satisfaction. They were eminently 
worthy of the best testimonial we can give them. They were re- 
markably congenial and well mated companions ; both highly 
intelligent, affectionate and amiable ; both devoutly and rationally 
religious ; both endued with regenerative moral principles, pro- 
gressive aspirations and reformatory aims ; and both uncompro- 
misingly faithful to their sublimest convictions of truth and duty. 
Their chn. were brought into the Avorld and trained accordingly. 
And the same may be said of their conduct and character in every 
circle of human relationship which enjoyed their inHuence. 
Neither of them was favored with great scholastic privileges, yet 
respectable common ones, with some extras ; but they had live 
intellects, and were ever active self-educators. With strong com- 
mon sense and persistent self-culture something may be accom- 
plished in this world without having been drilled through college 
and university curricula. 

Rev. Dexter Bullard was converted, baptized by immersion, and 
joined a church of the Christian Connection, so called, in Green- 
wich, Mass., while a youth between 14 and 17 years of age. He 
soon became an earnest exhorter, and a little later a devoted 
minister in the same ecclesiastical communion, from which he 
never withdrew. He was ordained in Cumberland, R. I., at the 
age of 19 years, and was for some time joint pastor with Rev. 


Reuben Potter. We recollect his ordiiicition well. It took place 
on Cumberland Hill, and tlie hardy old veteran, Elder Daniel Hix 
of Dartmouth, Mass., preached the sermon. Hix was a sturdy 
farmer, and a no less sturdy minister of the gospel. His sermons 
were worth hearing-, strong and full of telling- points, with no 
rhetorical daisy ism at all in them. After Rev., or as generally 
styled, Eldci' Bullard left Cumberland, R. I., he had pastorates 
in different parts of Connecticut, and in Upton, Mass. He was a 
sound, sensible, earnest and impressive preacher, as well as an 
eminently exemplary and beloved pastor. He was rational and 
liberal in doctrine without laxity of faith or moral discipline. 
When the great Reforms of his times demanded recognition, he 
and his wife ranged themselves in line with the Temperance advo- 
cates and the Abolitionists. And they had to hold their ground in 
some stormy times. In 1833-34: a most shameful and hateful per- 
secution arose against Miss Prudence Crandall on account of her 
opening, in Canterbury, Ct., a Boarding School for " colored young 
ladies and misses." The whole town, County of Hampton, and 
general region around, was uiu'oarious with excitement. Miss 
Crandall's School was outrageously broken up. It was a storm 
from which even friends of the persecuted party were prone to 
hide themselves. Two had the heart and courage to face the pre- 
judiced herd in defence of the right. These were Samuel J. 
May and Dexter Bullard, both neighboring pastors. In this crisis 
Mrs. Bullard did herself the honor to press boldly to the front 
with her husband, and hy outspoken fidelity to principle exerted 
the large influence of her winning personality and character in 
behalf of the injured victims of inexcusable violence. We men- 
tion this exhibition of moral heroism under trying circumstances, 
as an index to much creditable biography which space obliges us 
to withhold concerning this connubial pair. As he advanced in 
years the husband sutiered seriously fi'om loss of hearing and 
general health. He spent a brief period in Virginia where he had 
a kind and worthy brother; but though the climate and iiersonal 
relationships rendered his residence there congenial, the then 
social and political state of things repelled him. In 1852 he de- 
cided to settle in the State of Wisconsin. There he spent his 
remaining ministerial and domestic strength. And there, in Gen- 
esee, Waukesha Co., after a distressful sickness, which he bore 
with Christian fortitude, he laid down the burden of mortality, 
bequeathed his final benediction to his family, and departed in 
the full assurance of heavenly liliss to his mansion above, Dec. 14, 



1865, a. 6() yrs. and 8 mos. Mrs. Juliana sur\dve(l liini over five 
years, residing- most of the time in Grafton, Mass., in the home of 
her dutiful daug-hter and son-in-law, Julia A. and Silas A. For- 
bush. There she sweetened that home with maternal love and 
counsel, and received every kind attention that her widowed heart 
could crave. At last she was suddenly seized with neuralgia of 
the heart, and in half an hour was translated into the society of 
loved ones g-one before. She passed into the higher life June 10, 
1871, a. 72 yrs. and 11 mos. Blessed be her memory and her soul. 
The writer had the sacred privileg-e of ministering- sympathy and 
consolation at her funeral. 

[788.] AiiiEL Sayles'', Daniel (Kichard, Eichard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballou", Ariel", James*, James", Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Aug. 21, 1800; \i\. KllzahetJi Aylesvxrrth, dr. of John 
and Haunali (Bacon) Aylesworth, birth-date not given ; cer. Apl. 
17, 1831, in Providence, R. I. Issue. — 

2414—1. Mary E. Sayles, b. Providence, E. I., Apl. 8, 1833; res. there u. 
m. 1884. 

We were well acquainted in youth with this cousin, and we were 
fellow students at the close of school life. He was an intelligent, 
companionable and worthy young" man at that time. Afterward 
we personally knew little of him, except by occasional good re- 
port. He went to Providence perhaps in 1825 or 26, entered into 
the grocery business, and afterward became a shoe dealer, with 
fair success in both positions, continuing in the last until his death, 
Aug. 23, 1839. We hoped fqr more definite information concern- 
ing his life and death than has ever been furnished us. At our 
last advices his respected widow and daughter were residing to- 
gether in Providence, B. I. 

[789.] Oren Sayles", Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballon', Ariel', James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Feb. 14, 1802; m. Alnura BaMou, dr. of Flavins J. and 
Phila (Cook) Ballon (Levi, Esq., Ezekiel, Obadiah, James, Ma- 
turin), b. in Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 22, 1805 ; cer. in said Cum- 
berland, Jan. 1823, by Rev. Reuben Potter. Issue, all b. in 
Franklin, Mass. — 

2415— 1. Lycnrgus Sayles, b. Nov. 7, 1834; m. Ahnira C. Slocum Aug. 11, 

241G— 3. Joauiia Sayles, b. Oct. 14, '36; m. Henry M. Phettiplace Jan. 5, 




2417— 3. Latinus V. Sayles, b. June 10, '38; d. u. m. June 17, 1873. 

2418 — 4. George L. Sayles, b. Sept. 10, '31 ; reported u. ni. 
2410— 5. Olive A. Sayles, b. Nov. 9, '33; d. u. m. June 9, 1883. 

2420 — (3. Catherine A. Saj'les, b. Jan. 8, '35; m. Ossiau Sumner, M. D. 

June 1, 1858. 

2421— 7. Smitli O. Sayles, b. June 9, '40; m. Mary A. Metcalf 1864. 

2422— 8. Tliomas W. Sayles, b. Nov. 17, '42; 

2423 — 0. Flavins B. Sayles, b. — '44; d. in early infancy. 

2424—10. Herbert L. Sayles, b. Dec. 10, '4(j; m. Marguerite T. Cavanagh 

2425—11. Daniel F. Sayles, b. Sept. 8, '48; d. young Sept. 30, 1856. 

Oreu Sayles' was an intelligent, executive, thrifty, upright 
farmer. He received a fair common school and grammar school 
education. He was a responsible, respected man in the various 
relations of life, and seemed to break down at last with hard 
work, care and anxiety. By inheritance and purchase he came 
into possession of the old paternal homestead in the southwest 
part of Fraukhn, Avhich he occupied and managed for many 
years, but linally in old age rehnquished, retiring to a quiet home 
in the little village of Kakeville, So. Belliugham, Mass., where he 
d. Aug. 25, 1883, a. 81 yrs. 6 mos. and 11 ds. Mrs. Almira, his Avife, 
was a very capable, energetic, excellent woman, a devoted wife 
and mother, who surmounted a vast amount of labor, care and 
downright usefulness in her family and neighborhood. She was 
an eminently worthy woman, and deservedly loved and respected 
by all who knew her. She d. in Kakeville, So. Belhugham, afore- 
said, Sept. 11, 1881, a. 79 yrs. 7 mos. 23 ds. 

[790.] Collins Bralley", Solomon, (Koger) and Esther Ballon", 
ArieF, James^, James", Maturin' ; b. in Franklin, Mass., June 29, 
1786 ; m. Luraiiia Jillson, daughter of Nathan and Susanna (Shel- 
don) Jillson (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, James), b. in Cumberland, 
B. I., 1776 ; cer. in Pelham, Mass., 1813, no minuter particulars. 
No issue. 

Collins" was a farmer, and we understand was a respectable 
common citizen of Pelham, Mass. No characterizations of him- 
self or wife given. She d. July 19, 1815. He. d. 1870, a. about 
81 yrs. 

[791.] Nancy Bkailey', Solomon and Esther Ballon", b. in 
Frankhu, Mass., May 9, 1788 ; d. at the age of about 8 yrs. 

[792.] Lydl\ Braeley", Solomon (Eoger) and Esther Ballon", 
Arier, James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Franldin, Mass., Feb. 13, 


1791; m. WiUnrd W/iijypJe, ^o\\ of Willijun and Waitstill (Jillson 
Ballon) Whipple, h. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 18, 1792; cer. in 
said Cumberland jVIar. 21, 181G, b}^ Davis Cook, J. P. Issue, b. in 
said Cumberland. — 

2420—1. Milton Whipple, 1). 1817; m. Elizabeth Jillson 1840. 

2427—2. Willard Whipple, Jr., b. Fel). 8, '1'.); nnsearchable. 

2428—3. Seth William Whipple, b. Ang. 10, '21 ; m. tliriee, no particulars. 

2429—4. James Whipiile, b. '24; drowned n. m. Sept. 13, 1849. 

2430—5. Waity Ann Whipple, b. Sept. 25, '20; m. Ichalwd, Cook Jnlj- 4, 

2431—0. Alpha Ballon Whipple, b. Nov. 24, '28; m. Leonard Chase Oct. 

2432—7. Adin Ballon Whipple, b. May 8, '33; res. u. m. Woonsocket, R. I. 

We have the following- acceptable testimony of parental char- 
acter from their youngest son. " He (my father) lived almost his 
entire life near the spot where he bade adieu to earth, amid the 
hills in the easterly part of W^oonsocket, formerly Cumberland. 
He was brought up a farmer, and in his prime was a g-ood one. 
He also learned the trade of a carpenter. He was of a mild and 
equable temperament, went through life without much friction, 
and left the world like a child going- to sleep. He always sus- 
tained a g-ood character. Friendly himself, his friends Avere as 
numerous as his acquaintances. He loved a farm-life, and had a 
great attachment to his acres. He lived over 16 yrs. beyond the 
Psalmist's three score and ten, and then, like. the well ripened fruit 
of his orchard, was g-athered into the great sitore-house of Nature. 
Mother always took the part of the Good Samaritan in life ; ready 
and willing to lend a helping- hand to those around her in their 
times of trouble and distress. She labored hard to accomplish 
the requirements of her household ; believing- she owed her first 
duty to her Maker, and the others to her family and all mankind." 
She d. Nov. 28, 1868, a. 77 yrs. 9 mos. and 15 ds. Her husband 
d. July 31, 1878, a. 86 yrs. 3 mos. and 13 ds. They brought up an 
intelligent, enterprising- and worthy family of chn., who blessed 
and honored their memory. 

[793.] Deborah Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Bal- 
lon", Ariel', James', James"', Maturin" ; b. Apl. 1794 ; m. N((tJuunel 
JUhoa (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, James), b. in Cuml)erland, R. I., 
June 10, 1795 ; cer. in said Cumberland Oct. 8, 1817. No issue. — 

There is some discrepancy in the data reported to us concern- 
ing the birth of Deborah", and still more as to the time of her 


death. Her husband was a farmer, and they removed to Pelham, 
Mass., in 1821. There she d. prob. in 182G, but perhaps Later. 
The Jillson Genealogy says she d. Oct. 13, 1807, which differs 
widely from other dates given us. We leave this point unsettled. 
The husband subsequently m. Mrs. Lois Barrows. No character- 
istics afforded us. He d. in Pelham July 25, 1874. 

[794.] George Brailey", Solomon (Roger), and Esther Ballon", 
Ariel", James^, James", Maturin' ; b. in Mendon, Mass., Ax^l. 10, 
179G ; m. Martha W. Washington of Virginia. Whose dr. she 
was, where and when born, where, when and by whom m. not 
told. Said to have had one child ; last heard from at Chapel 
Hill, Mo. Name not given. Parents long ago deceased. We 
must acquiesce in the dark obscurity of this record. This cousin 
must have been a wandering adventurer. However, his wife bore 
a distinguished name. 

[795.] Miranda Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon', 
Arier, James^ James", Maturin' ; b. in Mendon, Mass., July 11, 
1798 ; m. Seth Cook (Esek, Noah, Nicholas, Walter), b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Jan. 27, 1796 ; cer. in said Cumlierland Sept. 28, 
1817, by Davis Cook, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — 

2433—1. Smith Cook, b. Jan. 4, 1818; m. Evelina Cook July 6, 1846. 

Mrs. Miranda", d. in Bellingham, Mass., Aug. 25, 1855. Seth 
Cook was a respectable farmer and rake-manufacturer. Whether 
he m. again and had more chn. has not been told. So late as 
Sept. 1885, he was reported as still living, and resident in a place 
called Cornetville, Steuben Co., N. Y. 

[796.] John Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon', 
ArieP, James", James", Maturin' ; b. in Franklin, Mass., Sept. 9, 
1800; m. Ahfih'a Jillson, dr. of Nathan Jillson (Nathan, Nathaniel, 
Nathaniel, James), b. in Pelham, Mass., Feb. 11, 1807 ; cer. 1825— 
no minuter specifications. Issue, b. in said Pelham. — 

2434—1. Lanra Ann Brailey, b. Nov. 22, 1825; d. u. m. Aug-. 20, 1849. 
2435—2. John L. Brailey, b. May 28, '27; m. Eliza A. Fisk 1847. 
2436—3. Alfred Brailey, b. Apl. 30, '33; d. May 30, 184'J. 
2437—4. Manly O. Brailey, b. Mar. 21, '35; ni. Laura J. Latham 1865. 
2438—5. Esther M. Brailey, b. Oct. 13, '45; m. Horace H. Tibbetts Dec. 2, 

John Brailey" was a stone mason by trade. He settled in Pel- 
ham 1806. Much later in life he removed to Amherst, Mass., 


where lie d. Feb. 21, 1874. Nothing- reported of character, hut 
presumed to have been a very worthy pair. Mrs. Ahuira was still 
surviving- in Amherst at last advices. 

[797.] Amos Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon', 
Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Franklin, Mass., 1808 ; m. 
Amelid llatJihun of Willimantic, Ct., in 1828. Tliej^ are both said 
to have d. in 1838, — leaving two sons, viz. — 

2439—1. Geoi-«?e Brailej-, b. 
2440—2. Lester Brailey, b. 

This is another obscure and im])erfect family record, which Ave 
would gladly amend if we could. No further traced. 

[798.] Sylvia Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon", 
Ariel', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Franklin, Mass., June 6, 
1805; \\\.'p/i BiirUngame of Cumberland, R. I., pedigree and 
birth-date not given; cer. in ^said Cumberland, Nov. G, 1881, by 
Rev. Stephen Cutler. Issue b. in Cumberland. — 

2441—1. Alpha Bartlett Burlinsame, b. Sept. 2, 1834; m. Sayles S. Esten. 
2442—2. Almou Darling Bnrliugame, 1). Mar. 13, '40; d. Oct. (5, 1840. 

Plain, homespun, worthy people. Mrs. Sylvia d. July 24, 1847. 
We have no additional information concerning this family and 
they will be no further traced. 

[799.] Nancy Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon", 
ArieP, James", James", Maturin'; b. in Pelham, Mass., 1807; m. 
Daniel Bartlett and moved to Ohio. This is all that has yet been 
reported to us. If more reaches us we will gladly insert it. 
Otherwise we must leave it in its imperfections, no further traced. 

[800.] Olney Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Richard,") and Selah Ballou", ArieP, James", James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 4, 1782; m. Lydia Lazelle, dr. of 

*In the writer's History of Milford, Mass., Part 11., i). 1011, it is stated that tliese Scolts were 
thought to be descendants of John Scott, a servant of Laurence and Cassandra Southwick, perse- 
cuted Quakers, and tooli refuge in Providence, R. 1., with Roger Williams. But more light, since 
received on the subject, seems to show that their immigrant ancestor was Richard Scott from 
England, who became one of the proprietors with Williams, and settled on lands in or near what 
is now called Lonsdale, R. I. There are good reasons for believing that this Richard of Lonsdale 
left but one son, whose name was Sylvanus; and that he became the father of 11 chn., among 
whom was Joseph of Scott Hill in Bellingham, father of Dea. Samuel, and grandfather of Saul, 
the husband of Selah Ballou^. So Richard is now put in place of John Scott as immigrant ancestor. 


Joshua Lazelle, b. in said Bellingliam, May 19, 1786 ; cer. Oct. 10, 
1805. Issue.— 

3443 — 1. Lebbeiis Lazelle Scott, b. Nov. 13, 1806; m. Caroline Aiken. 

2444 — 2. Lavinia Batlisheba Scott, b. Nov. 13, '08; m. Joshua Chilson, Jr. 

2445— 3. Elizabeth CeviUia Scott, b. June 1, '11 ; m. Sullivan Scott Feb. 7, 


2446— 4. Lydia Marsh Scott, b. Feb. 26, '14; m. Hiram Cook. 

2447— 5. oiuey Scott, Jr., b. Aug. 23, '16; m. Jane A. Bishop. 

2448— 6. Ellison Scott, b. July 27, '18; m. Ann Maria Daniels Nov. 12, 1840. 
o449„ 7. Aliby Scott, b. Feb. 19, '21; m. Wm. Eobinson in 1842. 

24o0— 8. John Warren Scott, b. May 11, '28; m. Emeliue Morse. 
2451— 9. Ariel Ballon Scott, b. May 29, '25; m. Martha M. Cobb. 
2452—10. Willard Barton Scott, b. June 26, '28; m. Susan Caroline Thurston. 

Oluey Scott" and wife resided four or five years immediately 
suceeeding" mge. in tlieir native town, Belling-ham, Mass. There 
prob. their two oldest chn. were born. They next resided in 
Petersham, Mass., where we presume the rest of their chn. were 
born. They were diligent, frugal, respected farmers. After about 
30 years' residence in Petersham, they returned to Belling-ham. 
They were both exemplary members of the Baptist church, and 
were greatly beloved by all who knew them in the social inter- 
course of life. Not having received any hint of their personal 
worth, we wrote to tlieir young'est son for a few words of testi- 
mony. His answer closed thus. — "In reg-ard to their lives and 
character, I will jiist state this little incident. A few years ag'o, 
after both father and mother had passed away, I went to visit the 
old neig-hborhood at Petersham. It was a rich treat to me, and 
one that I shall never forget — the cordial manner in which I was 
received on my parents' account; and it did my heart good to 
know in what love and esteem they were held by all their old 
neighbors. Truly 'a good name is better than great riches." 
Olney" d. in Bellingham, Sept. 12, 1838. Mrs. Lydia d. in what 
is now East Providence, R. I., Feb. 6, 1854. 

[801.] Mary Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Ptichard,) and Selah Ballon', Ariel', James', James"', Maturin' ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 5, 1784 ; m. John Seagram, Jr., (John, 
Edward, John,) b. in Uxbridge, Mass., Dec. 1, 1783; cer. Mar. 21, 
1805, by Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Emmons of Franklin, Mass. Issue, 
all b. in said Uxbridge. — 

2453 — 1. Caroline Seagrave, b. Jan. 31, 1806; m. Sinclair Scribner Apl. 15, 

2454—2. John Seagrave, b. Jan. 20, '08; m, Akneua Boss Feb. 12, 1834, 


3455—3. Saul Scott Setinrave, b. Mar. 3, '10; m. Mary Almira Tyler Apl. 

3, 1883. 
3456—4. Selissa Scott Seagrave, b. Apl. 14, '13; m. Dr. Adams Perry Oct. 

3(i, 1847. 
3457 — 5. William Heiiry Seagrave, b. Jau. 0, '15; m. L. Elizabeth Wheelock 

Apl. 3, 1844. 
3458—6. Edward Foster Seagi-ave, b. Aug. 13, '17; m. Sarah Boss Oct. 30, 

3459—7. James Carter Seagrave, b. Apl. 14, '31; m. 1st E. M. Clark, 3d E. 

S. Clark. 
3400—8. Charles Edwin Seagrave, b. Oct. 1, '35; m. Abigail Carter May 

31, 1848. 

Worthy and respectable people. He d. in Uxb ridge, Mass., 
Oct. 14, 1830 ; She d. Jan. 12, 18G0, a. 76 yrs. 

[802.] Jerusha Scott', Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Kichard) and Selali Ballon", Ariel', James^, James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Bellingham, jMass., Apl. 9, 1780 ; m. Dorrhigton Seagrave, 
(John, Edward, John), b. in Uxbridge, Mass., Sept. 25, 1781 ; 
cer. Nov. 22, 1804, by Rev. William Williams of W. Wrentham, 
Mass. He resided in Northbridge, Blackstone, and Uxbridge, at 
different periods ; so that we cannot specify the respective birth- 
places of the following" named chn. — 

3461 — 1. Scott Seagrave, b. July 35, 1805; m. Eliza Ann Stowe of Uxbridge. 
3463 — 3. Sarah Seagrave, b. Dec. 4, '06; m. John Collins of Blackstone. 

3463— 3. Harriet Seagrave, b. June 18, '08; m. Aaron Phillips of Burrill- 

ville, B. I. 

3464— 4. Abigail Seagrave, b. Sept. 10, '00; m. Ariel Thayer of Blackstone. 

3465 — 5. Geo. Washington Seagrave, b. Mar. 34, '13; d. u. m. May 30, 

1834, a. 33. 

3466— 6. John Dorrington Seagrave, b. Feb. 37, '14; m. 1st S. B. Earned, 

3d C. C. Holden. 

3467— 7. Selah Seagrave, b. Dec. 34, '16; m. Eli D. Bond of Hardwick. 

3468— 8. Lovina Seagrave, b. Feb. 17, '18; m. Franklin Prenliss, Deloit, la. 
3460— 9. Mary Seagrave, b. May 19, '30; m. David Moulton, Hardwick. 
3470—10. Axalana Seagrave, b. Mar. 7, '33; m. Fisher Thayer, Uxbridge. 
3471—11. Joseph Day Seagrave, b. July 36, '34; m. 1st B. C. Holbrook, 3d 

M. M. Strong. 
3473—13. Daniel Seagrave, b. Oct. 31, '26\ d. Feb. 35, 1838. 

They left a commendable life-record. He d. in Uxbridg-e Aug-. 
8, 1849, a. 07 yrs. 10 mos. 13 ds. She d. there Aug-. 21, 1849, a 63 
yrs. 5 mos. 11 ds. 

[803.] Selah Scott', Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Richard) and Selah Ballon', Ariel', James', James', Maturiu' ; b. 


in Belling-liam, Mass., Jan. ■!, 1788 ; m. A/<a Newell, son of Joseph 
and Catherine (Akirich) Newell, (Joseph, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), 
b. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 1, 1787 ; cer. in said Bellingham Dec. 
28, 1806, by Laban Bates, J. P. Issne.— 

3473—1. Eev. Maxcy B. Newell, b. Bellingliam, Mass., Sept. 23, 1807; m. 
1st M. A. Burtou, 3(1 M. M. Atkins. 

3474—3. Selissa S. Newell, b. Hartford, Ct., Aug-. 36, '14; m. Geo. Mal- 
lard, 1847. 

3475—8. Alvina Newell, b. Greenbusli, N. Y., Mar. 81, '18; m. Andrew J. 

3476—4. Aclisali Ann Newell, b. in Greenbusli, N. Y., Oct. 8,' 38; d. u. m. 
Jan. 30, 1845. 

Snbstantial and reputable people, of the useful, upright, indus- 
trial class. Asa Newell d. Jan. 1, 1857, a. 69 yrs. 1 mos. 1 ds. 
Place of decease not given. Mrs. Selah" d. in Woonsocket, P. I., 
Jan. 30, 1875, a. 87 yrs. and 26 ds. 

[801.] Selissa Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Pi chard) and Selah Ballon", ArieP, Janies^ James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Bellingham, Mass., Sept. 21, 1789 ; m. lisa Hall, son of Setli and 
Elizabeth (Spear) Hall (Zuriel), b. in said Bellingham, May 29, 
1766 ; cer. in said Bellingham June 16, 1831, by Pev. Calvin 
Newton. We think this was Mr. Hall's 2d mge. He was several 
yrs. his bride's senior, and she was in her 52d year. They had 
long lived near neighbors. They had no issue. 

They were circumspect, orderly, quiet, exemplary persons. 
Their home was always on Scott Hill. There he d. Jan. 2, 1811, 
a. 74 yrs. 7 mos. and 1 ds. Mrs. Selissa" d. Mar. 19, 1866, a. 76 
yrs. 5 mos. and 29 ds. 

[805.] Abigail Scott", of this family, b. Mar. 18, 1791, d. in the 
bloom of virgin youth Apl. 19, 1809. 

[806.] Lavinia Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Pichard) and Selah Ballon'', ArieP, James', James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., Mar. 27, 1793 ; m. Martin Cliilson, son of 
John and Abigail (Draper) Chilson, b. in Bellingham 1797 ; cer. at 
bride's parental home Jan. 3, 1819, by Pev. Abial Fisher. No 
issue. They left a fair life-record. He d. in his native town Feb. 
12, 1861, a. 67 yrs. Mrs. Lavinia d. at Woonsocket, P. I., Jan. 27, 
1866, a. 72 yrs. and 10 mos. 

[807. J PiLA Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 




Kicliard,) and Selali Ballon", Ai'ieP, James', Janies'^, Matnrin'; b. 
in Belliniiliani, Mass., Apl. 4, 1795; ni. Sdt'dh S. P<nne, dr. of 
James and Lydia (Aldricli) Paine, b, in Smitlitield, R. I., Oct. i), 
1798; cer. INtendou, Mass., Feb. 28, 1819. Issue, b., we think, in 
So. Mendon, now called E. Blackstone, Mass. ; the young-er per- 
haps in Hillsl)oro', N. H. 

' 2477—1. Malviua F. Scott, b. Apr. 15, 1831; d. Oct. 17, 1831. 
2478—2. Oluey W. Scott, b. Mar. 31, '24; d. Sept. 5, 1824. 
2479—3. Sarah Adelaide Scott, b. July 13, '29; m. Zelotes Gleasou Dec. 

20, 1855. 
2480—4. Henry Clintou Scott, b. Sept. 5, '33; m. Laura A. Hunt, Oct. 17, 

2481 — 5. Aufjustus Elwiu Scott, Aug. 18, '37; res. Boston, lawyer and 


Eila" and wife honored their reputable pedigi'ee by intellig-ence, 
business enterprise, moral integrity, and eminent social worth. 
He was a successful manufacturer of cotton and other goods for 
many years; but was suddenly cut off from mortal life by a fatal 
casualty. He was always accustomed to maniial labor when oc- 
casion required it, and was endeavoring- to sink a boulder on one 
of his estates in the town of Douglas, Mass., by digging away the 
earth near and partly beneath it. The rock slid or rolled heavily 
against him, breaking one of the bones in an arm, and inflicting 
deadly internal injury. He was rescued fi-om the excavation, and 
was instantly aware that death would soon ensue. But though a 
great sufferer, he was calm, patient, and resigned in spirit. He 
lived two days, evincing rational consciousness to the last. Hav- 
ing given an affectionate adieu to his heart-stricken wife and 
children, he commended his soul to the Infinite Father with a 
serene assurance of acceptance into the bosom of his merciful 
loving kindness. He was always averse to making high profes- 
sions, and to courting human praise. So we refrain from further 
eulogy. He d. Nov. 8, 1855, and his funeral took place in Mil- 
ford, Mass., his then bereaved home, on Sunday Nov. 11, follow- 
ing, with every suitable demonstration of public respect and 
sympathy. A large concourse of people assembled, the writer led 
the ministrations of consolation, and the Masonic Fraternity 
consecrated his grave. His age was 60 yrs. 7 mos. and 4 ds. 
His excellent wife and widow survived him over 20 yrs. She d. in 
Milford Sept. 12, 1876, a. 77 yrs. 11 mos. and 4 ds. Again the 
writer ministered. 

[808.] Ax.\LANA Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 



Richard) and Selali Ballon^ Arier, James', James°, Maturiu' ; b. 
iu Belliiigliaiii, Mass., Feb. 1(3, 1797 ; d. u. in. after an exemx^lary 
life of virgin rectitude and usefulness, at Woonsocket, R. I., Nov. 
17, 1878, a. 81 yrs. 9 mos. and 1 day. 

[809.] Emery Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Richard) and Selali Ballon', ArieP, James', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Belhngham, Mass., May 21:, 1799 ; in. Waity J'dlson, dr. of 
Nathaniel and Chloe (Arnold) Jillson, (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, 
James), b. in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 10, 1800 ; cer. Mar. 30, 1820. 
Issue, the 4 eldest b. in Bellingham, Mass., the other 6 prob. in 
So. Mendon, now, E. Blackstone, Mass. — 

2482— 1. Malcolm S. Scott, h. Nov. 5, 1821; m. Hannali Dyer. 

2483— 2. Adeliza Scott, b. Mar. 3, '24; m. Elijah D. Wilcox. 

2484 — 3. Louisa J. Scott, h. Mar. 31, '20; m. James A. Rawsoii June 13, 1844. 

2485— 4. Adalbert Scott, b. Nov. 27, '28; res. u. m. California. 

2486— 5. Orlando Scott, b. Oct. 17, '30; m. Ann Eliza Cliilson Oct. 18, 1854. 

2487— G. Almina Scott, b. Feb. 27, '33; d. Mar. 16, 1835. 

2488— 7. Edwin E. Scott, b. Mar. 17, '35; m. Henrietta Abbott June 10,1863. 

2489— 8. Mary Scott, b. Feb. 2, '37; d. Aug. 14, 1844. 
24'JO— y. Livingston Scott, b. Jan. 5, 1839; res. u. m. in N. Y. City. 
2491—10. Almira Scott, b. Jan. 27, '41 ; d. Dec. 29, 1842. 

Emery Scott" and wife were intelligent, respectable people. He 
was mostly eng^aged in the manufacture of cotton g-oods, and for 
many years dwelt in what is now called East Blackstone, Mass. 
They were understood in the outset of married life to be Univer- 
salists, but later joined a small society of independent Friends 
under the lead of Ichabod Cook, which was org-anized and had a 
brief existence in the general neighborhood of then So. Mendon, 
Mass. Mrs. Waity (Jillson) Scott ,d. Apl. 11, 1860, a. about 59 yrs. 
8 mos. Emery" subsequently m. AL's. Lydia Pleraon. But he 
came at length to a catastrophal death, being crushed fatally by 
his mill-machinery. He d. in E. Blackstone, Mass., July 6, 1808, 

a. 69 yrs. 2 mos. and 12 ds. 

[810.] WiLLAiiD B.\LLou Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, 
Sylvanus, Richard) and Selah Ballon"', ArieP, Janies^ James', 
Maturin' ; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Nov. 14, 1801 ; in. Sarah 
Anuuida Taggard, pedigree and birth-date not given ; cer. in 
Hillsborough, N. H., May 11, 1830, by Rev. John Lawton. Issue, 

b. in said Bellingham. — ^ 

2492—1. Lucius M. Scott, b. Mar. 8, 1834; m. Louise M. Scott. 
2493—2. George M. Scott, b. Mar. 28, '39; m. Carrie M. Piper. 
2494—3. Edgar M. Scott, b. May 20, '42; m. Addie S. Wilcox. 



Willard B. Scott" lias dAvelt all his days on the ancient patri- 
monial homestead where his father, grandfather, and g^t. gd. father 
lived and died ; we mean to say on the central portion of that 
homestead, on Scott Hill, long so called. He has been a quiet, 
industrious, orderly farmer, a good citizen and neighbor, an un- 
pretentious, worthy man in all his relationships, and his sun is 
going down a calm horizon, he being now (1885) in his 84th year. 
His beloved companion, Mrs. Sarah A., passed on May 9, 188G, a. 
69 yrs. and 11 mos. ; and we trust that the hopeful faith of his 
father and grandfather in the Divine goodness will sustain him 
through the shadow of death to the immortal continent. 

[811.] Col. Saul Barton Scott", Saul, (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, 
Sylvanus, Richard) and Selah Ballon ', ArieF, James", James", Ma- 
tiirin' ; b. in Bellingham, Mass., July 5, 1804 ; m. Susan Paine 
Daniels, dr. of Lyman and Hyrena (Paine) Daniels, b. in Mendon, 
Mass., Nov. 24, 1809 ; cer. in Providence, R. L, May 16, 1826, by 
Rev. David Pickering. Issue. — 

2495—1. Susan Maroline Scott, b. in Mention, Mass., Jan. 8, 1828; m. Os- 
car M. Bassett Oct. 1, 184G. 

2496—2. Sarah Samantha Scott, b. Bellingliam, Mass., May 30, '30; m. 
Joseph H. Daniels Oct. 28, 1849. 

2497—3. Elizabeth Eichardson Scott, b. Medway, Jan. 8, '35; m. Stephen 
S. Benson July 27, 1859. 

2498—4. Ophelia Hyrena Scott, b. Franklin, Mass., June 30, '42; m. Wil- 
liam M. Comey, Dec. 7, 1865. 

Col. Saul B. Scott" is a man of strong mental powers, sound 
judgment and energetic abilities, of solid moral integrity and all 
the qualities of reliable manhood. He has been an active busi- 
ness man in manufactures, trade, and various concomitant in- 
terests. Meantime he has officiated respectably in the State 
Volunteer Militia, grade after grade up to Col. for 7 yrs ; repre- 
sented Franklin in Gen. Court during 1843 and '44 ; served as 
Postmaster of his vicinity 20 yrs. ; held all the principal town 
offices ; and been a commissioned Justice of the Peace for several 
successive terms. Thus he has grown old in enterprise, useful- 
ness and loublic respect. His wife [who d. 1886] and family have 
evinced corresponding merits, and he will leave the stage of mor- 
tal activity in an honorable old age, illumed with the hope of a 
higher life. 


[812.] Jefferson Scott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Richard) and Selah Ballon", Ariel', James^, James", Maturin' ; b. 


in Belling-liam, Mass., Aug-. 3, 1806 ; m. Alice Worndl, dr. of 
Otter\^dll and Rutli (Hall) Worrall, b. in Boston, Mass., Jan. 22, 
1807; cer. in BeUiug-liam Feb. 21, 1830, bj^ the then Baptist 
Pastor. Issue. — 

2499—1. Kutli Scott, b. Belliugham, Mass., Maj- 2, 1831; m. William Ed- 
win Hubbard. 

2500—2. Melissa Scott, b. Bellingbam, Mass., Jau. 7, '33; m. William V. 

2501—3. Austin Scott, b. South Meudon, June 4, '39; m. Sarali Fiske. 

2502—4. Horace Auburn Scott, b. South Mendon, Jan. 4, '41 ; m. Emilie J. 
Johnson 1873. 

Jeffersoii Scott" was brought up a farmer, and for several years 
dwelt on a homestead a little way down the southern declivity of 
Scott Hill, his birth-place. Thence he removed to So. Mendon, 
now Blaekstone, and probably turned his hand to mechanical or 
other pursuits — having" a dexterous g"enius for whatever business 
seemed to promise remuneration. He was eag-er for wealth, and 
when the California g-old mining- excitement arose he left the en- 
dearments of home in the hazardous quest for uncertain riches. 
If this was his mistake he shared it with thousands of adventurers. 
He sailed from Boston in 1849, and spent six months g-etting- 
round Cape Horn to the golden coast. He had just success 
enoug-h, good and bad, to hold him to the pursuit till death over- 
took him. He visited his family three several times — in 1854, 
1857 and 18G8. But he must go again. He did so. Mrs. Ahce, 
his wife, a most excellent woman, had previousl}^ d. in AVoon- 
socket, E. I., Nov. 4, 1861, a. 54 yrs. 9 mos. and 12 ds. He finally 
d. at Oroville, Cal., May 21, 1874, a. 67 yrs. 9 mos. and 18 ds. We 
do not hear that he married a 2d time. We presume him to have 
been a man worthy of respect for many commendable qualities. 
But we infer that it would have been better for him, had he loved 
gold less and home more. 

The descendants of Bathsheba Ballon* come next in order. Her 
1st husband was Michael Keith, by whom she had two drs., Mary 
and Esther Keith. Mary was m., as already stated to Joseph 
Swift of Mendon. Of their chn., if they had any, we have never 
found the slightest trace, and therefore dismissed the search. 
Esther Keith m. Asa Thompson of Mendon. They had 8 chn., 
whose names we have given and numbered from 813 to 820 inclu- 
sive. But of these only three admit of tracement worth specifica- 


[814.] Makgaket Thompson", Asa (Edward) and Esther Keith", 
Bathsheba Ballon', James', James", Maturin' ; b. perhaps in Men- 
don, Mass., i)rob. abont 1767; m. Ahne7' Cook, Jr., oi^xe\\i\\n,\n, 
Mass., (Dea. Abner, Eld. Josiali, Nicholas, Walter,) 1). in said 
Wrentham, Oct. 24, 1766; cer. in Mendou, Mass., Apl. 17, 1704. 
Issne, all b: in said Wrentham. — 

2503—1. Sumner Cook, b. Nov. 23, 1794; m. Sabra Hawkins. 

2504—2. Prusia Cook, b. Jan. 21, '90; notliin": given. 

2505—3, Abner Cook, Jr., b. May 3, '97. m. Betsey Barney. 

2506—4. Selina Cook, b. Feb. 2, '99; m. James Kay. 

2507—5. Foster Cook, b. Sept. 5, 1801 ; d. u. m. Jan. 29, 1821. 

2508—6. Leonard Cook, b. July 16, '04; m. Julia Aldricli. 

2509—7. Marpraret Cook, b. Apl. 25, '06; m. Abner White Nov. \S, 1831. 

Worthy people of the common industrial class. Mrs. Margaret" 
d. Aug-. 7, 1834, a. 67 yrs. Her husband d. Sept. 26, 1843, a. 76 
yrs. 11 mos. 2 ds. We have some knowledge of the next genera- 
tion, but deem it best to trace the descent no further. 

[817.] Asa THOMrsoN, Jr.", Asa (Edward) and Esther Keith', 
Bathsheba Ballon', James", James'', Maturin'; b. Jan. 19, 1775; 
m. Sally Kste,% b. Aug. 16, 1780 ; cer. Nov. 2, 1799. Issue.— 

2510—1. Lucy Thompson, b. Aug-. 10, 1801; m. Caleb Ward Wilson Jan. 

28, 1821. 
2511—2. Margaret Thompson, b. Apl. 23, '03; d. u. m. Aug. 26. 1842. 
2512—3. Elizabeth Thompson, b. Sept. 22, 1806; m. Daniel W. Pickering 

Sept. 23, 1823. 
2513—4. Asa Thompson, Jr., b. Apl. 23, '09; d. young. 
2514—5. John Pond Thompson, b. Mar. 1, '12; m. Harriet A. Drake May 

20, 1839. 
2515—6. William Vennor Thompson, b. Nov. 19, '13; m. 1st H. Joslin, 2d 

H. Gilbert, 3d C. Mann. 
2516—7. Sarah Keith Thompson, b. May 13, '21; m. William C. Hadley, 

July 13, 1840. 

Plain, well disposed, worthy, common people. Mrs. Sally d. 
May 20, 1845. Asa'' survived to advanced old age. His death- 
date not within our knowledge. The descent no further traced. 

[819.] Edward Thompson", Asa (Edward) and Esther Keith', 
Bathsheba Ballon', James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Mendon, 
Mass., July 24, 1780 ; m. Lavhm Carpenter, dr. of Oliver and 
Joanna (Ballon) Carpenter (Jotham, Jotliam, Benjamin, William, 
Wilham), b. in Mendon, Mass., Feb. 17, 1786 ; cer. May 17, 1803. 
Issue, the eldest 2 b. in Mendon, all the others in New Lebanon, 
N. Y— 


2517— 1. Lillis Carpeater Thompson, b. July 36, 1804; d. ii. m. Nov. 13, 

• 1828. 

2518— 2. Elvira Thompson, b. July 8, '06; d. u. m. May 19, 1826. 

2519— 3. James M. Thompson, b. July 3, '08; d. young. 

2520— 4. Oliver Carpenter Thompson, b. Sept. 30, '10; m. Jerusha M. 

Wheeler Dec. 16, 1840; 9 chn. 

2521— 5. Laura Thompson, b. Feb. 8, '13; m. Henry Eeed Sept. 30, 1832; 

12 chn. 

2522— 6. Esther A. Thompson, b. Nov. 22, '15; m. Eichard Cornell June 7, 

1837; 1 child. 

2523— 7. Lavina Thompson, b. July 6, '18; m. Walter Moore Nov. 11, 

1848; 3 chn. 

2524— 8. Edward Thompson, Jr., b. Mar. 2, '21; m. Mary J. Gushing Oct 

15, 1849; 2 chn. 

2525— 9. Eveline Thompson, b. Nov. 21, '28; unreported. 
2526—10. John E. Thompson, b. July 9, '26; d. young. 
2527 — 11. Warren Thompson, b. May 5, '31; unreported. 

Edward Thompson" was an enterprising-, respectable farmer. 
In 180G lie emigrated from Mendon, Mass., to New Lebanon, 
N. Y. He and bis wife were of reputable social standing, and 
brought up their chn. creditably. He d. in said N. Lebanon, 
Columbia Co., N. Y., Oct. 17, 1856. Death-date of Mrs. Lavina 
not given. Both were descendants of Ballous. We pursue their 
family descent no fui-ther. 

[821.] Hannah Newell", Elisha' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abra- 
ham) Bathsheba Ballon", James^, eTames'^, Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., May 14, 1780 ; m. Henry Greene, his parentage, 
birth-date, mge.-date, kc, not a.scertained, but understood to be 
of the County of Providence, R. I. Issue. — 

2528—1. Lucy Greene, b. 1807; d. u. m. Millbury, Mass., Apl. 1, 1879, a. 72. 
2529 — 2. Maria Greene, b. '09; d. somewhere in Conn.; no date. 
2530—3. Phebe Ann Greene, b. '12; d. u. m. in Pawtucket, E. I., Aug. 31, 
1852, a. 40. 

An additional unnamed infant is mentioned. No death-date of 
Henry Greene g-iven. Mrs. Hannah d. Sept. 17, 1867, a. 87 yrs. 4 
mos. and 3 ds. A very imperfect record, but the best at our 

[823.] Ruth Newell", Elisha' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham) 
Bathsheba Ballon^ James^, James", Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, 
R. I., 1783 ; m. JS^ft/ntn llayward of Mendon, Mass., son of Dea. 
John and Mary (Peuniman) Hay ward, b. 1789 ; date and par- 


ticulars of cer. not ascertained, but prob. about 1811.. Issue, b. in 
said Mendon. — 

3531 — 1. Lavina Hayward, b. Jan. 81, 1812; m. Daniel J. Pickering Dec. 

0, 1840. 
2532 — 2. Esther Hayward, b. June 14, '14; d. Oct. same yr. 
2533 — 3. Samnel Penniman Hayward, b. Mar. 15, '16; m. Rachel Rhodes 

Mar. 19, 1845. 
2534—4. John Robinson Hayward, b. Dec. 8, '19; m. 1st Olive Cook 1844, 

2d Sally Cook 1847. 
2535—5. Mary Penniman Hayward, b. Jan. 27, '23; m. William Fairbanks 

Oct. 2(5, 1853. 

Respectable and worthy people of good social standing. Mrs. 
Eutli" d. Mar. 23, 1850. Her husband subsequently m. again. 
He d. July 7, 1858. Mrs. Lavina (Hayward) Pickering-' d. some 
yrs. ago, and likewise Mrs. Mary P. (Hayward) Fairbanks'. We 
think they left chn., but are not sure of it. Her 2 sons survive, 
with chn. and gd. chn., to bear onward her name and memory. 
We refrain from further specific tracement. 

[824.] Eunice Newell", Elisha', (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abra- 
ham) Bathsheba Bailout James"*, James'', Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., 1785 ; m. Stephen Angell of said Cumberland, son 
of Abraham Angell, birth-date not given ; cer. in said Cumberland 
Aug. 11), 1810, by Isaac Razee, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland 
aforesaid. — 

2536—1. Sarah Angell, b. Feb. 26, 1812; d. u. m. in Waltham, Mass., July 
7, 1880. 

2537—2. David C. Angell, b. Dec. 12, '13; m. Susan Arnold of Smithtield, 
R. I. ; 6 chn. 

2538—3. Cyrus Angell, b. Jan. 7, '17; m. Sarah Dexter; 2 chn. 

2539—4. Mahala P. Angell, b. July 2, '19; m. Baylies Bourne of Lons- 
dale, R. I. 

2540—5. John Jay Angell, b. Oct. 26, '21; m. Mary Haskell of Cumber- 
land, R. I. 

2541—6. Gideon Angell, b. Feb. 17, '24; m. Mary Thurber; 6 chn. 

2542—7. Hannah C. Angell, b. Sept. 10, '28; unreported, perhaps d. young. 

No characteristics or life incidents reported, but we assume that 
Eunice", husband and family deserve a record worthy of their 
kindred. Only 2 of her chn. surviving, but a goodly number of 
grand chn. and gt. gd. chn perpetuate her blood. She d. June 
31, 1844. Death-date of her husband not reed. Closed. 

[824i.] Eli Newell", EHslia', (EHslia, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham) 


Batlislieba Ballon', James', James", Matiiiin' ; b. in Cnmberland, 
E. I., Mar. 26, 1788 ; m. SdJly Boot, dr. of Elijali and Elizabeth 
(Barnes) Root, b. in Canaan, Ct., Dec. 22, 1797 ; cer. in Deertield, 
N. Y., 1811, by Esq. Roe. Issne, b, in Frankfort, N. Y.— 

2543—1. Elijali Newell, h. 1818; m. Julia Dumuth 1832. 
2544—2. Betsey Newell, b. 1815; m. James Cole Oct. 2, 1836. 
2545—3. Pliebe Newell, b. 1817; m. Elislia Pliilo 1835. 

Eli Neweir was an indnstrions, respected farmer. He left liis 
native place, and settled in Frankfort, N. Y, There he lived out 
his ripening- mortality, and d. in the year 1818. ' His wid. was 
living- at last advices in Ithaca, N. Y., prob. with her son Elijah^ 
who resides there, and has 4 chn. Mrs. Sally (Root) Newell is in 
her 89tli year, retains her faculties remarkably and enjoys a green 
old age. They had a family gathering at the old home in 1884, 
where she was surrounded by elm., gd. chn., gt. gd. chn., and 
even gt. gt, grand chn. So they had an especially good time. 
Her dr., Mrs. Cole", husband and family, have their home in 
Detroit, Mich. She is the mother of 6 chn. Her sister, Mrs. 
Phebe (Newell) Philo', d. at Saquoit, N. Y., Sept. 17, 1884, having 
been the mother of 9 chn., all or nearly all of whom survive her.' 
Mrs. Betsey Cole took all reasonable pains to answer our call for 
family information, and is entitled to our thanks. Our general 
rule is to close on female lines of descent with the third genera- 
tion. Therefore we do so with all these descendants of Batlislieba 

[825.] Albeemakle Newell', Elisha", (Jacob, Jacob, Abraham) 
Batlislieba Ballon', James'', James", Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, 
E. I., May